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Pseudemys gorzugi WARD, 1984

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Rio Grande Cooter, Western River Cooter
S: Tortuga de Oreja Amarilla 
SynonymPseudemys concinna gorzugi WARD 1984
Pseudemys gorzugi — ERNST 1990
Pseudemys gorzugi — LINER 1994
Pseudemys concinna gorzugi — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 67
Pseudemys gorzugi — CROTHER 2000
Pseudemys concinna gorzugi — OBST 2003: 16
Pseudemys gorzugi — ERNST & LOVICH 2009 
DistributionMexico ((Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas), USA (isolated populations in S New Mexico and adjacent Texas)

Type locality: 3 1/2 mi. W Jimenez, Río San Diego, Coahuila, México, 850 feet [elevation].  
TypesHolotype: KU 39986. Paratypes: KU 15929, 39985; TTU 7347; and UU 4097–98, 4106–07, 4110, USNM. 
CommentNot listed by King & Burke 1989.

Diet: herbivorous.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, ponds, rivers) 
EtymologyThe name gorzugi is a patronym honoring Smithsonian Institution herpetologist Dr. George R. Zug. For biographical details see Mitchell 2018. 
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