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Chelodina kuchlingi
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Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Genus:
Chelodina
Species:
kuchlingi

Chelodina (Chelydera) kuchlingi, commonly known as Kuchling's long-necked turtle or Kuchling's turtle, is a species of freshwater turtle in the family Chelidae. The species is endemic to Australia.

Etymology

The specific name, kuchlingi, is in honor of Australian herpetologist Gerald Kuchling.

Taxonomy

Chelodina kuchlingi had been considered the same species as Chelodina rugosa for the last decade, however, the species has been resurrected and is now believed to come from the Northern Kimberley regions of Western Australia, Australia. Evidence it is a species has only recently been published with genetic results taken from the holotype showing it differed by 4% of loci from its nearest relatives the species is only known from the holotype at this time.

Biology

Little is known about C. kuchlingi, and a number of research projects are underway to evaluate it.

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