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Higher TaxaPelomedusidae, Pelomedusoidea, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)
Common Names 
SynonymPelusios cupulatta BOUR & MARAN 2003
Pelusios cupulatta — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Pelusios cupulatta — TTWG 2014: 437
Pelusios cupulatta — TTWG 2021 
DistributionIvory Coast, Liberia, Ghana

Type locality: between San Pédro (10 km W) and Grand-Bérébi (20 km E) (4º50' N, 6º47'W), Ivory Coast.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2000.2605; paratypes: MNHN-RA 1883.0432, MNHN-RA 1888.0047, MNHN-RA 1991.0485, MNHN-RA 1991.0493 and MNHN-RA 2000.2613 
CommentHabitat: freshwater (Lakes, quiet rivers) 
Etymologynamed after the Corsican word “cupulatta”, meaning a “light blow” and also “turtle” and is the name of the Corsican organization that financed J. Maran’s research. 
  • Bonin, F., Devaux, B. & Dupré, A. 2006. Turtles of the World. English translation by P.C.H. Pritchard. Johns Hopkins University Press, 416 pp.
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598 - get paper here
  • Bour, R. & J. Maran 2003. Une nouvelle espèce de Pelusios de Côte d’Ivoire (Reptilia, Chelonii, Pelomedusidae). Manouria (Mezzavia) 6 (21): 24-43
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • McCord, W.P., Joseph-Ouni, M. & Bour, R. 2004. Chelonian Illustrations #15: Madagascan Big-Headed, African Helmeted, and West African Mud Turtles. Reptilia (GB) (35): 63-67 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • TTWG; Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P. 2021. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (9th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Stanford, C.B., Goode, E.V., Buhlmann, K.A., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Chelonian Research Monographs 8:1–472. doi:10.3854/crm.8.checklist.atlas.v9.2021. - get paper here
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