The Central American river turtle, Dermatemys mawii, can be found in Central America from southern Mexico as far south as northern and eastern central. SUMMARY. – The Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii, the single remaining extant species of the formerly wide-spread primitive. The Critically Endangered Central American river turtle is the sole surviving species of a historically widespread family of turtles. However, the entire lineage is.

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An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 3: It is a rather prominent feature of the turtle’s face because it projects rather strongly from the front of the head. The Central American river turtle Dermatemys mawiialso known locally as the hickatee or tortuga blanca white turtle[8] is the only living species in the family Dermatemydidae. As long as there is an abundant food supply, D.

Central American river turtle

In addition to being smooth, the shell is quite thick and rather heavy. Retrieved from ” https: Much of its feeding and other activity goes on at night. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: Update on the list of reptiles know from Honduras.


Extinct turtles not included. The branch of the tree of life upon which humans reside is a mere twig in comparison, stretching back less than 10 million years before we reach our last mawoi ancestor with chimpanzees and bonobos. Biogeographic Regions neotropical native Habitat As long as there is an abundant food supply, D.

Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: Central American river turtles tend to inhabit relatively deep rivers and lakes, travelling through flooded forests to nest during the wet season. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Reproductive biology of a flood-season nesting freshwater turtle of the northern neotropics: Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London PLoS One 8 9: Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is locally defined Use dmy dates from April The presence of barnacles on the shells of some amwii indicates that salty environments do not pose a problem for this species of turtle and may show that D.

Local population extinctions have been documented, and current harvesting rates have been determined to be unsustainable.

ADW: Dermatemys mawii: INFORMATION

This large freshwater turtle is highly aquatic and feeds only on plant matter. While at one time widespread, D. The scute boundaries, like the sutures, become virtually invisible in adults.


Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11 1: Because the meat of D. About The Critically Endangered Central American river turtle is the sole surviving species of an historically widespread family of turtles.

Dermatemys mawii | The Reptile Database

Share on Facebook Tweet Send email. Found in rivers and lakes, Central American river turtles are fast swimmers, and are able to swim up rapids. Central American river turtle Dermatemys mawii.

Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Sheets of dead bone will be shed to reveal a pitted, but healed surface. Chelonian Conservation and Biology JulVol.

Not only could Central American River Turtles supply a valuable protein source if farmed successfully, they could also supply a valuable source of income for humans living near their habitat Ernst and Barbour Because the life of this turtle is so completely aquatic and therefore difficult to studylittle else is known about its development and early life Ernst and Barbour ; Pritchard Central American River Turtle 2.