Talk:Chelydridae

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Chelydra genus?[edit]

At the bottom of this page under "Notes" I found the reference to the Common Snapping Turtle as being Chelydra and the Alligator Snapping Turtle as being a subspecies of the Chelydra. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I am pretty sure that Chelydra is the genus that includes the Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) and the Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is in the genus Macrochelys. I was under the understanding that if two species are in separate genera, one cannot be a subspecies of another. My information comes from The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri by Tom R. Johnson Copyright 2000, Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri. I suggest we remove the Subheading Notes at the bottom of this article. Cryptobranchus 19:43, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

  • That isn't what it says, as I read it. I think it means that Chelydra includes the common snapping turtle, and all of its various sub-species, while Macrochelys is the alligator snapping turtle. Anyway, I've replaced this information with the new VN template, which I believe is more appropriate now. And I've also removed the 'disputed taxon' flag, since, so far as I can tell, it isn't. Anaxial 20:11, 6 July 2007 (UTC)