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Trachemys stejnegeri SCHMIDT, 1928

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
SubspeciesTrachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri (SCHMIDT 1928)
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei (BARBOUR & CARR 1938)
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina (BARBOUR & CARR 1940) 
Common NamesE: Antillean Slider, Puerto Rican Slider 
SynonymTrachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri (SCHMIDT 1928)
Pseudemys stejnegeri SCHMIDT 1928
Emys olivacea GRAY 1855 (non E. o. SCHWEIGGER 1812)
Redamia olivacea — GRAY 1873: 111
Pseudemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — BARBOUR & CARR 1940
Pseudemys terrapen stejnegeri — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1955
Pseudemys terrapen stejnegeri — RIVERO 1978
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — IVERSON 1986
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 178
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — TTWG 2014
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017
Trachemys stejnegeri stejnegeri — TTWG 2021

Trachemys stejnegeri malonei (BARBOUR & CARR 1938)
Pseudemys malonei BARBOUR & CARR 1938
Pseudemys terrapen malonei — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1955
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — IVERSON 1986
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 178
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — TTWG 2014
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017
Trachemys stejnegeri malonei — TTWG 2021

Trachemys stejnegeri vicina (BARBOUR & CARR 1940)
Pseudemys stejnegeri vicina BARBOUR & CARR 1940
Pseudemys terrapen vicina — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1955
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — IVERSON 1986
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — FRITZ 1990
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 178
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — POWELL et al. 1999
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — TTWG 2014
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017
Trachemys stejnegeri vicina — TTWG 2021 
DistributionHispaniola, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Great Inagua, Bahamas, Marie-Galante (introduced), Guadeloupe.

malonei: Bahamas Islands, Great Inagua

vicina: Hispaniola, north of Plaine de Cul de Sac - Valle de Neiba.

Type locality: "San Juan, Porto Rico" (=San Juan, Puerto Rico).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 25642. (malonei: MCZ 44338; vicina: FMNH 5977)
Holotype: MCZ 44338, adult female, collected by Malone, McLean, and Shreve,July,1938 [malonei]
Holotype: FMNH 5977, adult female, collected by Emil Kaempfer, 1924 [vicina] 
CommentFor illustrations see Stejneger, 1904; Schmidt, 1928; Barbour and Carr, 1940 (as Pseudemys s. stejnegeri, Ps. s. malonei); Cochran, 1941 (as Pseudemys vicina); Wermuth and Mertens, 1961 (as Pseudemys terrapen steinegeri); Pinchon, 1967; Rivero, 1978; Seidel and Incháustegui M., 1984; Fritz, 1988; Seidel, 1988.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, ponds, rivers) 
EtymologyNamed after Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1851-1943), Norwegian-born herpetologist who moved to the US in 1881 and became curator of reptiles at the Smithsonian Institution in 1889. 
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  • Fritz, U. 1988. Zur Variabilität der Carapaxzeichnung von Trachemys decorata (Barbour and Carr, 1940) und Trachemys steinegeri vicina (Barbour and Carr, 1940) (Testudines: Emydidae). Salamandra 24 (2-3): 175-78 - get paper here
  • Grant, Chapman 1931. Notes on Pseudemys stejnegeri Schmidt. Copeia 1931 (3): 142 - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1873. Notes on the tortoises of the ‘Zoology of Mexico’ of MM.A. Duméril and Bocourt. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 12: 109-114 - get paper here
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  • Pinchon, Père R. 1967. III. -Tortues antillaises. In: Quelques Aspects de la Nature aux Antilles. MM. Ozanne et Cie., Caen:45-58.
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  • Rivero, J.A. 1978. Los anfibios y reptiles de Puerto Rico. M. Pareja Montana, 16, Barcelona, Espafia: x + 152 + 148pp.
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  • Seidel M E 1988. Revision of the West Indian emydid turtles (Testudines). American Museum Novitates (2918): 1-41 - get paper here
  • Seidel, M.E., and S.J. Inchaustegui. 1984. Status of the Trachemyd turtles (Testudines: Emydidae) in Hispaniola. Journal of Herpetology 18 (4): 468-479 - get paper here
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  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
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