INSTITUTO DE DIVERSIDAD Y ECOLOGIA ANIMAL
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
The identity of a controversial Neotropical turtle hatchling (Reptilia: Testudines: Chelidae).
CABRERA, MARIO R.; BOHM, STEPHAN
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Año: 2015 vol. 46 p. 510 - 510
The purpose of this paper is to set the correct identity of a hatchling chelid turtle, purportedly the southernmost record of Mesoclemmys vanderhaegei (Bour), whose identification has been doubted repeatedly. This specimen is housed at the Zoologisches Museum Hamburg as ZMH R 1025. We determine that the specimen is a hatchling of the Chaco side-necked turtle Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Freiberg), species previously known from Santa Fe province. Our conclusion is supported by a string of evidence morphological, of pattern and color, and ecology.