Axestemys Hay 1899 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pantrionychidae

Alternative spelling: Rafetus (Axestemys)

Synonyms: Axestus Cope 1871, Eurycephalochelys Moody and Walker 1970

Full reference: O. P. Hay. 1899. On the nomenclature of certain American fossil vertebrates. The American Geologist 24:345-349

Parent taxon: Pantrionychidae according to G. L. Georgalis and W. G. Joyce 2017

See also Carroll 1988, Chkhikvadze 2000, Cope 1871, Cope 1884, Hay 1899, Hay 1902, Hay 1908, Hutchison 1992, Hutchison and Holroyd 2003, Lichtig and Lucas 2015, Lydekker 1889, Moody and Walker 1970, Vitek 2012 and Vitek and Joyce 2015

Sister taxa: Amyda egregia, Amyda salebrosa, Anostira molopina, Anostira oedemia, Anostira trionychoides, Aspideretes amnigenus, Aspideretes perplexus, Drazinderetes, Khunnuchelys, Kuhnemys, Murgonemys, Perochelys, Petrochelys, Plastomenidae, Plastomenus catenatus, Plastomenus coalescens, Plastomenus communis, Plastomenus corrugatus, Plastomenus costatus, Plastomenus fractus, Plastomenus insignis, Plastomenus lachrymalis, Plastomenus multifoveatus, Plastomenus punctulatus, Plastomenus serialis, Plastomenus torrejonensis, Platypeltis amnicola, Platypeltis antiqua, Platypeltis trepida, Procyclanorbis sardus, Trionyx buiei, Trionyx cariosus, Trionyx cellulosus, Trionyx concentricus, Trionyx guttatus, Trionyx halophilus, Trionyx heteroglyptus, Trionyx leptomitus, Trionyx lima, Trionyx pennatus, Trionyx priscus, Trionyx punctiger, Trionyx quinni, Trionyx radulus, Trionyx vagans, Trionyx ventricosus, Trionyx virginiana

Subtaxa: Axestemys byssina Axestemys byssinus Axestemys cerevisia Axestemys montinsana Axestemys quinni Axestemys splendidus Axestemys vittata Rafetus (Axestemys) exquisitus Rafetus (Axestemys) nelsoni

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Type: Axestus byssinus

Ecology: aquatic omnivore


• Miocene of France (1 collection)

• Eocene of Belgium (3), France (10), the United Kingdom (1), United States (6: Wyoming)

• Paleocene of Belgium (1), United States (5: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota)

• Cretaceous of Canada (4: Alberta), United States (9: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Total: 40 collections including 41 occurrences

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