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Geographic Variation in the Neotropical Turtle, Platemys platycephala
Carl H. Ernst
Journal of Herpetology
Vol. 17, No. 4 (Dec., 1983), pp. 345-355
Published by: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1563587
Page Count: 11
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Difference in carapacial and bridge patterns, and in mensural and meristic data indicates that the populations of Platemys platycephala from the ríos Cenepa and Santiago, Perú and the ríos Napa and Curaray, Ecuador represent an undescribed dark subspecies. The Quaternary rainforest refuge theory is discussed in view of the origin and subsequent zoogeography of the new subspecies.
Journal of Herpetology © 1983 Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles