Axestemys vittata Pomel 1847 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pantrionychidae

Alternative combinations: Eurycephalochelys vittatus, Palaeotrionyx vittatus, Trionyx vittatus

Synonyms: Eurycephalochelys fowleri Moody and Walker 1970, Trionyx erquelinnensis Dollo 1909, Trionyx levalensis Dollo 1909

Full reference: A. Pomel. 1847. Note sur les mammifères et reptiles fossiles des ter- rains éocènes de Paris, inférieurs au dépôt gypseux. Archives des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles de Genève 4:326-330

Belongs to Axestemys according to G. L. Georgalis and W. G. Joyce 2017

See also Augé et al. 1997, Broin 1977, Dollo 1909, Lydekker 1889 and Moody and Walker 1970

Sister taxa: Axestemys byssina, Axestemys byssinus, Axestemys cerevisia, Axestemys montinsana, Axestemys quinni, Axestemys splendidus, Rafetus (Axestemys) exquisitus, Rafetus (Axestemys) nelsoni

Type specimens:

  • Axestemys vittata: MNHN specimen, a carapace. Its type locality is Muirancourt, which is in an Eocene terrestrial lignite in France.
  • Eurycephalochelys fowleri: BMNH R8445, a partial skull. Its type locality is East Wittering, Bracklesham Bay, Wittering Formation W14(i), which is in a MP 10 marginal marine horizon in the Wittering Formation of the United Kingdom.
  • Trionyx erquelinnensis: IRSNB 3908, a carapace. Its type locality is Grand-Reng, which is in a Selandian terrestrial horizon in the Tienen Formation of Belgium.
  • Trionyx levalensis: IRSNB 1720, a partial shell. Its type locality is Leval (Trieu), which is in a Ypresian terrestrial horizon in the Tienen Formation of Belgium.

Ecology: aquatic omnivore


• Miocene of France (1 collection)

• Eocene of Belgium (3), France (10)

Total: 14 collections each including a single occurrence

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