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Taxonomic Notes Concerning the Trionychid Turtle Lissemys punctata (LACEPÈDE)

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Although long-conceived as a monotypic species of three subspecies (SMITH, 1931), intergradation has not yet been demonstrated between subspecies of Lissemys punctata. The two subspecies L. p. punctata and L. p. andersoni show intergradation in pattern features of head and carapace, and are similar in osteological features. The configuration of peripheral bones, and advent of well developed plastral callosities at a relatively small size that indicates small maximal size, suggest specific status for L. p. scutata..

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79968, USA


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