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Apalone spinifera emoryi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Apalone
Subgenus:
Species:
Subspecies:
A. s. emoryi
Trinomial name
Apalone spinifera emoryi
(Agassiz, 1857)
Synonyms
  • Aspidonectes emoryi
    Agassiz, 1857
  • Trionyx emoryi
    — Strauch, 1862
  • Aspidonectes emyda
    Gray, 1870
  • Aspidonectes georgii
    Gray, 1870
  • Platypeltis emoryii [sic]
    — Baur, 1893 (ex errore)
  • Platypeltis emoryi
    — Siebenrock, 1909
  • Amyda emoryi
    — Stejneger & Barbour, 1917
  • Amyda emoryii
    — Strecker, 1927
  • Amyda ferox emoryi
    — Neill, 1951
  • Trionyx ferox emoryi
    — Schmidt, 1953
  • Trionyx spinifer emoryi
    — A. Schwartz, 1956
  • Trionyx spinifera emoryi
    — Minton, 1959
  • Trionyx spiniferus emoryi
    — Wermuth & Mertens, 1961
  • Trionyx spiniferus emoryir [sic]
    Honegger, 1982 (ex errore)
  • Apalone spinifera emoryi
    — Ernst & Barbour, 1989
  • Apalone spinifera emoryi
    — Stubbs, 1989

The Texas spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera emoryi) is a subspecies of the spiny softshell turtle in the family Trionychidae. The subspecies is native to the southwestern United States. The subspecific name, emoryi, is in honor of United States Army officer and surveyor William Hemsley Emory. A. s. emoryi is found in Texas and New Mexico, in the Rio Grande and its immediate tributaries.

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