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Myuchelys bellii (GRAY, 1844)

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Western Sawshelled Turtle, Bells’ Turtle 
SynonymPhrynops bellii GRAY 1844: 41
Hydraspis bellii —GRAY 1856
Elseya bellii — CANN 1998
Elseya dorriani WELLS 2002 (nom. nud. fide FRITZ & HAVAS 2007)
Phrynops belli — GEORGES & THOMSON in MERRICK et al. 2006
Elseya bellii — BONIN et al 2006
Elseya bellii — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Wollumbinia bellii — WELLS 2007
Elseya latisternum bellii — ARTNER 2008
Wollumbinia bellii — WELLS 2009
Wollumbinia bellii dorriani — WELLS 2009
Myuchelys bellii — THOMSON & GEORGES 2009
Wollumbinia bellii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Myuchelys bellii — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Myuchelys bellii — TTWG 2014: 434
Wollumbinia bellii — COGGER 2014: 255
Wollumbinia bellii — CANN & SADLIER 2017
Wollumbinia bellii — SWAN et al. 2017
Wollumbinia bellii — SWAN 2020
Myuchelys bellii — THOMSON et al. 2021 
DistributionAustralia (NE New South Wales)

Type locality: Restricted by Cann 1998 to the “upper reaches of the both Namoi-MacDonald and Gwydir Rivers, above
the New England escarpment, New South Wales.”; validated as Namoi River by Kehlmair et al. 2019.

dorriani: Australia (SE Queensland: Bald Rock Creek)  
TypesHolotype: OUM 8460 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Bell (1792-1880), a British naturalist and dental surgeon who worked at Guy's Hospital, London (1816-1860). He became Professor of Zoology at King's College (1834) and described many ofthe reptiles Darwin collected. He was a friend ofGray and President of the Linnean Society (Beolens et al. 2011).  
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  • Bonin, F., Devaux, B. & Dupré, A. 2006. Turtles of the World. English translation by P.C.H. Pritchard. Johns Hopkins University Press, 416 pp.
  • Cann, John 1998. Australian Freshwater Turtles. Beaumont Publishing, Singapore: 292 pp.
  • Cann, John; Ross Sadlier 2017. FRESHWATER TURTLES OF AUSTRALIA. CSIRO Publishing, 464 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Fielder, Darren 2013. Ancient Phenotypes Revealed Through Present Day Species—A Morphological Analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles Including the Threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae). Chelonian Conservation and Biology Jul 2013, Vol. 12, No. 1: 101-111. - get paper here
  • Fielder, Darren; Bruce chessman, and Arthur GeorGes 2015. Myuchelys bellii (Gray 1844) – Western Saw-shelled Turtle, Bell’s Turtle. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(8):088.1–7, doi:10.3854/crm.5.088.bellii.v1.2015 - get paper here
  • Fritz, U. & Havas, P. 2007. CHECKLIST OF CHELONIANS OF THE WORLD. Vertebrate Zoology 57(2): 149-368 - get paper here
  • Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37 - get paper here
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  • Gray,J.E. 1856. Catalogue of Shield Reptiles in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Testudinata (Tortoises). British Museum, London, 79 pp. [1855]
  • HUGHES, G. N., A. CURTSDOTTER, P. F. LAGOS, AND P. G. MCDONALD 2020. Myuchelys bellii (Bell’s Turtle). Unexpected Dietary Contents. Herpetological Review. 51:579-580.
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
  • Kehlmaier, C., Zhang, X., Georges, A., Campbell, P. D., Thomson, S., & Fritz, U. 2019. Mitogenomics of historical type specimens of Australasian turtles: clarification of taxonomic confusion and old mitochondrial introgression. Scientific Reports, 9(1): 5841 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
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  • Thomson, R. C., Spinks, P. Q., & Shaffer, H. B. 2021. A global phylogeny of turtles reveals a burst of climate-associated diversification on continental margins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (7) - get paper here
  • Thomson, S. & Georges, A. 2009. Myuchelys gen. nov. —a new genus for Elseya latisternum and related forms of Australian freshwater turtle (Testudines: Pleurodira: Chelidae). Zootaxa 2053: 32-42 - get paper here
  • Wells, R. W. 2007. Some taxonomic and nomenclatural considerations on the class Reptilia in Australia. A new genus of the family Chelidae from eastern Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (3): 1–13 - get paper here
  • Wells, R.W. 2002. Taxonomic notes on some Australian freshwater turtles of the genera Chelodina and Elseya (Reptilia: Chelidae). Australian Biodiversity Record (2): 1–30. - get paper here
  • Wells, Richard W. 2009. Some Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Considerations on the Class Reptilia in Australia. A New Species of Freshwater Turtle in the Genus Wollumbinia Wells 2007 (Reptilia: Chelidae) from Eastern Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (1): 1-12
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