Cyclanorbis elegans

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Cyclanorbis elegans


Taxonavigation: Trionychoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Cladus: Archelosauria
Division: Pan-Testudines
Division: Testudinata
Ordo: Testudines
Subordo: Cryptodira
Superfamilia: Trionychoidea

Familia: Trionychidae
Subfamilia: Cyclanorbinae
Genus: Cyclanorbis
Species: Cyclanorbis elegans


  • Cyclanorbis elegans (Gray 1869)


  • Cyclanorbis elegans (Gray 1869:215)
    • Baikiea elegans Gray 1869:215
    • Cyclanorbis oligotylus Siebenrock 1902:810



  • Type locality: "Africa"; restricted by Webb (1975) to the "Niger River drainage in West Africa".
  • Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.22.15, 1947.3.6.26, 1947.3.6.27, 1947.3.6.28, and 1947.3.6.29; BMNH 1946.1.22.15 designated lectotype by Webb 1975.


  • Gray 1869. Notes on the families and genera of tortoises (Testudinata), and on the characters afforded by the study of their skulls. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1869: 165–225.
  • Siebenrock, F. 1902. Zur Systematik der Schildkrötenfamilie Trionychidae Bell, nebst der Beschreibung einer neuen Cyclanorbis - Art. Sitzungsber. K. Akad. Wiss. Wien. Math-Naturwiss. Cl. 111: 807–846
  • Webb, R.G. 1975. Types of two names of African softshell turtles of the genus Cyclanorbis (Testudines: Trionychidae). Herpetologica 31: 348–350.