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Graptemys nigrinoda CAGLE, 1954

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
SubspeciesGraptemys nigrinoda nigrinoda CAGLE 1954
Graptemys nigrinoda delticola FOLKERTS & MOUNT 1969 
Common Namesnigrinoda: Black-knobbed Map Turtle
delticola: Southern Black-knobbed Map Turtle, Delta Map Turtle 
SynonymGraptemys nigrinoda CAGLE 1954
Graptemys nigrinoda CAGLE 1954: 173
Graptemys oculifera nigrinoda — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1955
Graptemys oculifera nigrinoda — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1961
Graptemys nigrinoda nigrinoda — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 62
Graptemys nigrinoda nigrinoda — CROTHER 2000
Graptemys nigrinoda — RHODIN et al. 2010
Graptemys oculifera nigrinoda — PRASCHAG et al. 2017

Graptemys nigrinoda delticola FOLKERTS & MOUNT 1969
Graptemys nigrinoda delticola — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 62
Graptemys nigrinoda delticola — CROTHER 2000
Graptemys nigrinoda delticola — RHODIN et al. 2010 
DistributionUSA (Alabama, Mississippi [Alabama, Tombigbee, Black Warrior river systems])

Type locality: Black Warrior River, above Lock 9, 17.5 miles SSW of Tuscaloosa,Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

delticola: USA (Alabama)

nigrinoda: USA (Alabama, Mississippi)  
Reproductionoviparous. Exhibits temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) fide Cornejo-Páramo et al. 2020 (and references therein). 
TypesHolotype: LSUM 111649 (was: TU)
Holotype: UF (formerly Florida State Museum of Natural History) 26238 [delticola] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Graptemys nigrinoda differs from G. flavimaculata and G. oculifera in that: the yellow post-orbital mark is boomerang-shaped and is joined to the mark of the opposite side by a diagonal line; the interorbital line is narrow or indistinct; each costal has a circular or semicircular mark formed by a narrow yellow line; the vertebral spines are flattened, compressed, knob-like; the carapace is very serrate.
CommentSynonymy: Praschag et al. 2017 suggest to reinstate G. flavimaculata, G. nigrinoda and G. oculifera as subspecies of G. oculifera, because these taxa correspond to only one sequence cluster each. However, these authors do not explicitly downgrade these species.

Subspecies: The two subspecies intergrade throughout the range of the species. Ennen et al. (20140 concluded that there is not sufficient evidence for the recognition of G. n. delticola as a distinct subspecies.

Diet: carnivore.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, rivers) 
EtymologyThe species name mans black-knobbed, referring to the raised vertebral scutes. 
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