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Macrochelys temminckii


Taxonavigation: Cryptodira 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
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: Chelydroidea
Familia: Chelydridae
Genus: Macrochelys
Species (2 + 2†): M. suwanniensis – M. temminckii – †M. auffenbergi – †M. stricta



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


  • Gray, J.E. 1856. On some new species freshwater tortoises from North America, Ceylon and Australia, in the collection of the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1855: 197-202
  • 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.
  • Turtle Taxonomy Working Group (Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B. & van Dijk, P.P.). 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). Chelonian Research Monographs 7: 1–292. ISBN 978-1-5323-5026-9. DOI: 10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017. Paywall. 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