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Taxonomy of the family Trionychidae
Bibliography of the genus Trionyx
Biodiversity of the family Trionychidae


African Softshell Turtle

Afrikanische Weichschildkröte

Afrikansk Blødskildpadde, Afrikansk Trekloskildpadde

1809 Trionyx Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire (type species: Testudo triunguis Forskål 1775)
1830 Aspidonectes Wagler (type species: Trionyx aegyptiacus Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire 1809; syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)
1835 Gymnopus Dumeril & Bibron [substitute name for Aspidonectes Wagler 1830; not Gymnopus Brookes 1828 (Aves)] (syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)
1844 Tyrse Gray (type species: Trionyx niloticus Gray 1831; syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)
1869 Fordia Gray (type species: Fordia africana Gray 1869; syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)

Contents: 1 species, which is not endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included the species now placed in the genera Amyda, Apalone, Dogania, Nilssonia, Palea, Pelochelys, Pelodiscus, and Rafetus.
Distribution: As for the single species.

Trionyx triunguis

African Softshell Turtle, Nile Softshell Turtle

Afrikanische Weichschildkröte, Dreiklauen-Weichschildkröte, Afrikanischer Dreiklauer

Afrikansk Blødskildpadde, Afrikansk Trekloskildpadde

1775 Testudo triunguis Forskål
Amyda triunguis Oken 1816
Trionyx triunguis Peters 1876
Pelodiscus triunguis Baur 1893
Amyda triunguis triunguis Mertens & Wermuth 1955
1798 Testudo striata Suchow [in part; substitute name for Testudo cartilaginea Boddaert 1770 and Testudo triunguis Forsskål 1775] (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1809 Trionyx egyptiacus Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Trionyx aegyptiacus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1809 [emendation]
Aspidonectes aegyptiacus Wagler 1830
Gymnopus aegyptiacus Duméril & Bibron 1835
1831 Trionyx niloticus Gray [substitute name for Testudo triunguis Forsskål 1775] (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Tyrse nilotica Gray 1844
1835 Trionyx labiatus Fitzinger (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1844 Trionyx mortoni Hallowell (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1860 Aspidonectes aspilus Cope (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Gymnopus aspilus Rochebrune 1884
1869 Fordia africana Gray (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1948 Trionyx triunguis rudolfianus Deraniyagala (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Amyda triunguis rudolfianus Mertens & Wermuth 1955

Remarks: A single record from Greece, off the island of Kos (Valakos, Pafilis, Sotiropoulos, Lymberakis, Maragou & Foufopoulos 2008).
Distribution: Angola (incl. Cabinda), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Egypt (incl. Sinai), Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece (incl. Aegean Islands), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Turkey, Uganda.