Elseya uberrima facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsElseya uberrima
Temporal range: Eocene
During his time at the Queensland Museum, Charles Walter De Vis described a number of fossil turtles from the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. All four species described were declared a single diagnosable species by Thomson, 2000.
To avoid confusion the synonymy for the species is as follows:
- Elseya uberrima (De Vis, 1897)
- Chelymys uberrima De Vis, 1897: 3
- Chelymys antiqua De Vis 1897: 4
- Chelymys arata De Vis 1897: 5
- Pelocomastes ampla De Vis 1897: 6–7
This synonymy has made the genus name Pelocomastes a junior synonym of Elseya and in their recent revision of that genus Thomson et al. (2015) resurrected Pelocomastes as a subgenus to represent the Queensland clade of the Elseya. Therefore, Elseya (Pelocomastes) uberrima is the type species for this subgenus.
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