Hoplochelys crassa Cope 1888 (mud turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Kinosternoidea

Alternative combination: Chelydra crassa

Synonyms: Hoplochelys bicarinata Hay 1910, Hoplochelys elongata Gilmore 1919, Hoplochelys laqueata Gilmore 1919, Hoplochelys paludosa Hay 1908, Hoplochelys saliens Hay 1908

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1888. Synopsis of the Vertebrate Fauna of the Puerco Series. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Series, 16(2):298-361

Belongs to Hoplochelys according to W. G. Joyce and J. R. Bourque 2016

See also Gilmore 1919, Hay 1902, Hay 1908, Hutchison and Holroyd 2003 and Knauss et al. 2011

Sister taxon: Hoplochelys clark

Type specimens:

  • Hoplochelys crassa: AMNH 6091, a partial shell (two costals, four peripherals, partial hyoplastron, partial hypoplastron). Its type locality is Neighbourhood of Chaco CaƱon Hoplochelys crassa (Chelydra crassa) type locality, which is in a Torrejonian/Puercan terrestrial horizon in the Nacimiento Formation of New Mexico.
  • Hoplochelys bicarinata: USNM 6549, a partial shell.
  • Hoplochelys elongata: USNM 8553, a partial shell.
  • Hoplochelys laqueata: USNM 8527, a partial shell.
  • Hoplochelys paludosa: AMNH 6079, an osteoderm (single peripheral bone). Its type locality is Head of the Escavada Canyon, which is in a Torrejonian terrestrial horizon in New Mexico.
  • Hoplochelys saliens: AMNH 1200, a shell. Its type locality is Head of the Escavada Canyon, which is in a Torrejonian terrestrial horizon in New Mexico.

Ecology: aquatic durophage-piscivore

Distribution:

• Paleocene of United States (3: Colorado, New Mexico collections)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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