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Freeman, A., & Cann, J. (2014). Myuchelys latisternum (gray 1867) – sawshelled turtle, saw-shell turtle. In A. G. J. Rhodin, P. C. H. Pritchard, P. P. van Dijk, P. A. Saumure, K. A. Buhlmann & J. B.Iverson (Eds.), Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group Vol. 5IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. 
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Resource type: Book Article
DOI: 10.3854/crm.5.073.latisternum.v1.2014
BibTeX citation key: Freeman2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: Australien - Australia, Chrysemys picta, Emydidae, Habitat - habitat, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises
Creators: B.Iverson, Buhlmann, Cann, van Dijk, Freeman, Pritchard, Rhodin, Saumure
Publisher: IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Collection: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
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Summary. – The Sawshelled Turtle, Myuchelys latisternum (Family Chelidae), is a small to medium-sized short-necked turtle (maximum recorded carapace length to 287 mm in females, 224 mm in males) endemic to northern and eastern Australia. Historically known for a long time as Elseya latisternum, the species has recently also been occasionally associated with the invalid genus name Wollumbinia. The species inhabits deep to shallow pools and lagoons on permanently flowing waterways, particularly in the upper reaches and side channels of larger rivers. Myuchelys latisternum is chiefly carnivorous, feeding on a variety of aquatic invertebrates, but will also consume fruit, and other vegetation. Nests are laid in fine sand or alluvial substrate on banks close to the water, with clutch size ranging from 9 to 20 eggs and oviposition recorded from September to March. The species is widespread and no significant current conservation threats have been identified. Distribution. – Australia. The species has a broad distribution from the Richmond River in northern New South Wales north along the east coast of Queensland to the Jardine River at the tip of Cape York, around the rivers draining into the Gulf of Carpentaria to the headwaters of the Daly River in the Northern Territory. Occupies streams of the Arnhem Land Plateau and associated escarpment plunge pools, including those of the Liverpool, Katherine, South Alligator and Mary Rivers. Synonymy. – Elseya latisternum Gray 1867, Emydura latisternum, Elseya latisternum latisternum, Wollumbinia latisternum, Myuchelys latisternum, Euchelymys spinosa Gray 1871a, Elseya latisternon Gray 1871b (nomen novum), Wollumbinia dorsii Wells 2009 (nomen illegitimum). Subspecies. – None currently known. Status. – IUCN 2013 Red List: Not Listed (Least Concern, LC, assessed 1996), TFTSG Draft Red List: Least Concern (LC, assessed 2011); CITES: Not Listed; Australia: protected under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1998, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1979 in New South Wales, and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. International trade in this species is limited by strict control of live exports from Australia under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
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