Mesoclemmys gibba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelinae
Genus: Mesoclemmys
Gray, 1873[1]
  • Mesoclemmys Gray, 1873:305[1]
  • Batrachemys Stejneger, 1909:126[3]
  • Bufocephala McCord, Joseph-Ouni, and Lamar 2001:715[4]
  • Ranacephala McCord, Joseph-Ouni, and Lamar 2001:715[4]

Mesoclemmys is a South American genus of turtle in the Chelidae family.

Species include:


  1. 1 2 Gray, J.E. 1873. Observations on chelonians, with descriptions of new genera and species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (4)11:289–308.
  2. Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P.P., Iverson, J.B., Rhodin, A.G.J., Shaffer, H.B., and Bour, R.]. 2014. Turtles of the world, 7th edition: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution with maps, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(7):000.329–479, doi:10.3854/ crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014.
  3. Stejneger, Leonhard. 1909. Generic names of some Chelyid turtles. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 22:125–127.
  4. 1 2 3 McCord, William P., Joseph-Ouni, Mehdi, and Lamar, William W. 2001. A taxonomic reevaluation of Phrynops (Testudines: Chelidae) with the description of two new genera and a new species of Batrachemys. Revista de Biologia Tropical 49(2):715–764.
  5. Zangerl, R., and F. Medem. 1958. A new species of chelid turtle, Phrynops (Batrachemys) dahli, from Colombia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 119: 375-390
  6. Schweigger, A.F. 1812. Prodromus Monographia Cheloniorum auctore Schweigger. Königsberg. Arch. Naturwiss. Mathem., 1: 271-368, 406-458.
  7. Mertens, Robert. 1967. Bemerkenswerte Susswasserschildkröten aus Brasilien. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48:71–82.
  8. Schweigger, Augustus F. 1812. Prodromus monographiae Cheloniorum. Königsberger Archiv für Naturwissenschaft und Mathematik 1:271–368, 406–462.
  9. Bour, Roger and Zaher, Hussam. 2005. A new species of Mesoclemmys, from the open formations of northeastern Brazil (Chelonii, Chelidae). Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia 45:295–311.
  10. Gray, John Edward. 1856 [“1855”]. Catalogue of Shield Reptiles in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Testudinata (Tortoises). London: British Museum, 79 pp. [Published Mar 1856].
  11. Luederwaldt, Hermann. 1926. Os chelonios brasileiros. Revista Museo Paulista 14:403–470.
  12. Bour, Roger. 1973. Contribution à la connaissance de Phrynops nasutus (Schweigger: 1812) et Phrynops tuberculatus (Luederwaldt: 1926). Description d’une nouvelle sous-espèce originaire du Paraguay, Phrynops tuberculatus vanderhaegei (Testudinata – Pleurodira – Chelidae). Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 98(1):175–190.
  13. Pritchard, Peter C.H. and Trebbau, Pedro 1984. The Turtles of Venezuela. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Contributions in Herpetology No. 2, 403 pp.

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