Macrochelys temminckii

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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: Macrochelys temminckii


Macrochelys temminckii (Troost, in Harlan 1835:158)


  • Testudo planitia Gmelin 1789:1045 (nomen dubium, ICZN 1963)
  • Chelonura temminckii Troost in Harlan 1835:158 (nomen protectum, ICZN 1963)
    • Macrochelys floridanaHay 1907:847 (Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean), USA, Florida)
    • Macrochelys temminckii muscati Hoser 2013 (unavailable name)
    • Macrochelys maxhoseri Hoser 2013 (unavailable name)
    • Macrochelys apalachicolae Thomas et al. 2014: 151
    • Macrochelys apalachicolae Crother et al. 2017
    • Macrochelys temminckii TTWG 2017


  • Bour, R. 1987: Type-specimen of the alligator snapper, Macroclemys temminckii (Harlan, 1835). Journal of herpetology, 21: 340–343. DOI: 10.2307/1563980
  • Gmelin, J. F. 1789. Caroli a Linné, Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Ed. 13. Tom. I. Pars

III. Leipzig: G.E. Beer, Ed. 13, 1(3):1033–1516.

  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature [ICZN]. 1963. Opinion 660. Suppression under the plenary powers of seven specific names of turtles (Reptilia, Testudines). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 20:187–190.
  • Troost, G. 1835. (Chelonura temminckii). In: Harlan, R. Genera of North American Reptilia, and a synopsis of the species. In: Harlan, R. Medical and Physical Researches; or Original Memoirs in Medicine, Surgery, Physiology, Geology, Zoology, and Comparative Anatomy. Philadelphia: Bailey, 653 pp. (pp. 157–158).
  • Turtle Taxonomy Working Group (Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P.). 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). (ISBN: 978-1-5323-5026-9). Chelonian Research Monographs 7: 1–292. DOI: 10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017. Paywall. Full article (PDF). Reference page

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Alligator Snapping Turtle
magyar: Keselyűteknős
日本語: ワニガメ
Nederlands: De Alligator bijtschildpad
ไทย: เต่าอัลลิเกเตอร์
中文: 大鱷龜