Bairdemys venezuelensis Wood and Diaz 1971 (sideneck turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Podocnemidae

Alternative combination: Podocnemis venezuelensis

Full reference: R. C. Wood and M. L. Diaz. 1971. Podocnemis venezuelensis, a new fossil pelomedusid (Tes- tudines, Pleurodira) from the Pliocene of Venezuela and a review of the history of Podocnemis in South America. Breviora 376:1-23

Belongs to Bairdemys according to M. S. de la Fuente et al. 2014

See also Gaffney and Wood 2002, Riff et al. 2010, Sanchez-Villagra and Scheyer 2010 and Weems and Knight 2013

Sister taxa: Bairdemys hartsteini, Bairdemys healeyorum, Bairdemys sanchezi, Bairdemys thalassica, Bairdemys winklerae

Type specimen: VF 1176, a shell (carapace). Its type locality is Capa de Tortugas/Corralito, which is in a Miocene terrestrial horizon in the Urumaco Formation of Venezuela.

Ecology: aquatic herbivore-carnivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Venezuela (4 collections)

Total: 4 collections each including a single occurrence

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