Taxonomic assessment of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States.

@article{Thomas2014TaxonomicAO,
  title={Taxonomic assessment of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States.},
  author={Travis M. Thomas and Michael C. Granatosky and Jason R. Bourque and Kenneth L Krysko and Paul E. Moler and Tony Gamble and Eric Suarez and Erin Hoerl Leone and Joe Roman},
  journal={Zootaxa},
  year={2014},
  volume={3786},
  pages={
          141-65
        }
}
The Alligator Snapping Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, is a large, aquatic turtle limited to river systems that drain into the Gulf of Mexico. [] Key Method We measured cranial (n=145) and post-cranial (n=104) material on field-captured individuals and museum specimens. We analyzed 420 base pairs (bp) of mitochondrial DNA sequence data for 158 Macrochelys. We examined fossil Macrochelys from ca. 15-16 million years ago (Ma) to the present to better assess historical distributions and evaluate named fossil…

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