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Higher TaxaPelomedusidae, Pelomedusoidea, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)
SubspeciesPelusios sinuatus sinuatus (SMITH 1838)
Pelusios sinuatus bottegi (BOULENGER 1895) 
Common NamesE: (East African) Serrated Turtle 
SynonymSternotherus sinuatus SMITH 1838
Sternotherus dentatus PETERS 1848 (nom. nud.)
Sternotherus sinuatus — GRAY 1864: 166
Sternothaerus sinuatus — BOULENGER 1889
Pelusios sinuatus — SCHMIDT 1919
Pelusios sinuatus zuluensis HEWITT 1927
Pelusios sinuatus zuluensis HEWITT 1931: 471
Pelusios sinuatus — LOVERIDGE 1936
Pelusios sinuatus — AUERBACH 1987: 75
Pelusios sinuatus — BROADLEY 1998
Pelusios sinuatus — TTWG 2014
Pelusios sinuatus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 60
Pelusios sinuatus sinuatus — TTWG 2021

Pelusios sinuatus bottegi (BOULENGER 1895)
Sternothaerus bottegi BOULENGER 1895
Pelusios sinuatus leptus HEWITT 1933
Pelusios sinuatus bottegi — VAMBERGER et al. 2019
Pelusios sinuatus bottegi — TTWG 2021 
DistributionE/S Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Botswana,
Republic of South Africa (Zululand, Transvaal, Natal, Swaziland), Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Republic of South Sudan (RSS)

Type locality: "Rivers to the north of 25° south latitude," South Africa; restricted to "the Crocodile, Marico confluence, N. Transvaal," Republic of South Africa, by Broadley (1981:675).

bottegi: Zimbabwe, Botswana?, Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia, Kenya; Type locality: Bardere (Bardera), Somalia.  
TypesHolotype: NMSZ (formerly RSM) 1859.13.1684 (Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh)
Holotype: MSNG 2319 [bottegi] 
CommentSynonymy: Calabresi 1916 and Siebenrock 1916 treated bottegi as a synonym of P. sinuatus. Vamberger et al. 2019 resurrected bottegi as subspecies of P. sinuatus, as the northern clade.

Habitat: freshwater (Lakes, quiet rivers)

Distribution: Vamberger et al. 2019 do not precisely delineate the distribution of both subspecies, but see their map in Fig. 1. 
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