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Rhinoclemmys areolata (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1851)

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Rhinoclemmydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Furrowed Wood Turtle
S: Mojina 
SynonymEmys areolata DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1851: 10
Emys areolata — DUMÉRIL 1852: 223
Emys Areolata — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 225
? Emys areolata — GRAY 1873: 110
? Choloepus areolatus – COPE 1866: 123
Emys areolata — GÜNTHER 1885: 8
Nicoria punctularia var. areolata — WETTSTEIN 1889
Geoemyda areolata — WETTSTEIN 1934
Geoemyda areolata — STUART 1937
Geoemyda areolata — NEILL & ALLEN 1959: 30
Geoemyda areolata — STUART 1963
Rhinoclemmys areolata — KING & BURKE 1989
Rhinoclemmys areolata — LINER 1994
Rhinoclemmys areolata — KOLLER 2005
Rhinoclemmys areolata — MCCRANIE 2018
Rhinoclemmys areolata — TTWG 2021 
DistributionMexico (S Veracruz, Tabasco, E Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche,Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Cozumel Island),
Belize, E Guatemala, E Honduras ?

Type locality: "Province du Peten (Amer. centr.)"; restricted to La Libertad, El Peten, Guatemala by Smith and Taylor 1950:30; restriction corrected to Flores, El Peten, Guatemala by Dunn and Stuart 1951:60.  
Reproductionoviparous. Exhibits temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) fide Cornejo-Páramo et al. 2020 (and references therein). 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 9424 
EtymologyThe name areolata is derived from the Latin areolatus (with small spaces) and apparently alludes to the pattern of the growth rings on the carapace. Legler and Vogt (2013: 338) stated the name alluded ‘‘to a conspicuous pale spot on each lateral scute in juveniles,’’ but A. M. C. Duméril and Bibron, In A. M. C. Duméril and Duméril (1851), mentioned having only one specimen available of their Emys areolata, a ‘‘dry adult female’’ (Ernst, 1978: 117); thus, the authors of the name R. areolata could not have based their choice of the name on any aspect of juvenile coloration (McCranie 2018: 540). 
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