Class Reptilia Order Testudines Suborder Pleurodira Family Chelidae
Medium to large sideneck turtles with a nuchal scute (absent only in Elseya), zero to six neural bones, the pleural bones almost always meeting at the midline behind the neurals, mesoplastral bones absent, and the pelvis fused to the carapace and plastron
Number of genera, species
16 genera; 50 species
Swamps, marshes, seasonally flooded wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers
Critically Endangered: 3 species; Endangered: 4 species; Vulnerable: 6 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 8 species; Data Deficient: 2 species
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