Chelydropsis murchisoni Bell 1836

Reptilia - Testudines - Panchelydridae

Alternative combination: Chelydra murchisoni

Synonyms: Chelydra allingensis Fuchs 1939, Chelydropsis carinata Peters 1868, Chelydropsis murchisoni staeschei Mlynarski 1980, Chelydropsis staeschei Mlynarski 1980, Macrocephalochelys pontica Pidoplichko and Tarashchuk 1960, Trionyx sansaniensis Bergounioux 1935

Full reference: T. Bell. 1836. Zoological observations on a new fossil species of Chelydra, from OEningen. Transactions of the Geological Society of London, Series 2 2:379-381

Belongs to Chelydropsis according to W. G. Joyce 2016

See also Bell 1836, Broin 1977, de Lapparent de Broin 2000, Hutchison 2008, Karl 2013, Lydekker 1889 and Mlynarski 1984

Sister taxa: Chelydropsis apellanizi, Chelydropsis decheni, Chelydropsis kusnetzovi, Chelydropsis manuascensis, Chelydropsis sansaniensis

Type specimens:

  • Chelydropsis murchisoni: BMNH 37204, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Öhningen, which is in a MN 7 + 8 lacustrine limestone in the Upper Freshwater Molasse Formation of Germany.
  • Chelydra allingensis: BSPG LI 118, a partial shell. Its type locality is Viehhausen, which is in a Langhian terrestrial horizon in Germany.
  • Chelydropsis carinata:
  • Chelydropsis murchisoni staeschei:
  • Chelydropsis staeschei: SMNS 50142, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Steinheim am Albuch, which is in a MN 7 + 8 lacustrine - small siliciclastic/limestone in Germany.
  • Macrocephalochelys pontica: IZASU 42-1, a partial skull.
  • Trionyx sansaniensis: MHNT SAN1163, a partial shell (fragmentary right hyo/hypoplastron). Its type locality is Sansan, which is in a Langhian/Serravallian lacustrine - small claystone/marl in France.


• Miocene of Austria (1 collection), Germany (8), Poland (1)

Total: 10 collections each including a single occurrence

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