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Macrochelys temminckii


Taxonavigation: Cryptodira 

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
Division: Archelosauria
Division: Pan-Testudines
Division: Testudinata
Ordo: Testudines
Subordo: Cryptodira

Superfamilia: Chelydroidea
Familia: Chelydridae
Genus: Macrochelys
Species (3 + 2†): M. apalachicolae – M. suwanniensis – M. temminckii – †M. auffenbergi – †M. stricta



  • Macrochelys Gray 1856:200
    • Macroclemys Gray 1856:48 (nomen novum)
    • Gypochelys Agassiz 1857:248
    • Macroclemmys Strauch 1862:35 (nomen novum)


  • Echelle, A.A. et al. 2010: Conservation genetics of the alligator snapping turtle: Cytonuclear evidence of range-wide bottleneck effects and unusually pronounced geographic structure. Conservation genetics, 11: 1375–1387. doi: 10.1007/s10592-009-9966-1 Reference page
  • Hackler, J.C. 2006: Assessment of genetic variation within and among natural and captive populations of alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii). MSc Thesis, May.
  • Hackler, J.C.; Van Den Bussche, R.A.; Leslie, D.M. jr. 2007: Characterization of microsatellite DNA markers for the alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii. Mol. Ecol. Notes, 7: 474–476.
  • Hoser, R. 2013: An updated taxonomy of the living alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys Gray, 1856), with descriptions of a new tribe, new species and new subspecies. Australasian journal of herpetology 16: 53–63. Full article (PDF) Reference page
  • Thomas, T.M. et al. 2014: Taxonomic assessment of alligator snapping turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States. Zootaxa 3786(2): 141–165. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3786.2.4 Reference page

Vernacular names[edit]

Deutsch: Geierschildkröte
English: Alligator Snapping Turtle
日本語: ワニガメ属
Nederlands: Alligatorchelydra
ไทย: เต่าอัลลิเกเตอร์