Mauremys aristotelica Vlachos et al. 2019 (pond turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pangeoemydidae

Aristotelica, from Aristotle (Aristotelis, 384322 BC), a Greek philosopher and scientist born in Stageira, Chalkidiki, in the broader area where this species is distributed. The year 2016 (when we started working on this project) was declared by UNESCO as Aristotle Anniversary Year honouring the impact of Aristotles works on science. In his book On the Movement of Animals he made for the first time the distinction between tortoises and turtles, introducing the name emys that has dominated the chelonian literature ever since (see Vlachos 2015b, p. 5). The name also honours the home institution of most authors of this paper, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a public institution striving to promote palaeontology in Greece and abroad.

Full reference: E. Vlachos, J. Sterli, K. Vasileiadou and G. Syrides. 2019. A new species of Mauremys (Testudines, Geoemydidae) from the Late Miocene - Pliocene of Central Macedonia (Northern Greece) with excpetionally wide vertebral scutes. Papers in Palaeontology 5(1):177-195

Belongs to Mauremys according to E. Vlachos et al. 2019

Sister taxa: Mauremys annamensis, Mauremys caspica, Mauremys fenhoense, Mauremys gaudryi, Mauremys guntiana, Mauremys japonica, Mauremys leprosa, Mauremys massiliensis, Mauremys mutica, Mauremys nigricans, Mauremys portisi, Mauremys pygolopha, Mauremys reevesii, Mauremys rivulata, Mauremys sarmatica, Mauremys sinensis, Mauremys sophiae, Mauremys thanhinensis, Mauremys yabei

Type specimen: LGPUT GAS 34, a partial shell (partial carapace and plastron). Its type locality is Gefira 2 (=GAS2), which is in a Pliocene fluvial sandstone in Greece.

Ecology: aquatic omnivore


• Pliocene of Greece (1 collection)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Greece (2)

• Miocene of Greece (1)

Total: 4 collections each including a single occurrence

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