Pelomedusidae

Class Reptilia Order Testudines Family Pelomedusidae

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Medium-sized, sideneck turtles with five claws on the hind feet, four to eight neural bones present, the pleural bones almost always meeting at the midline behind the neurals, mesoplastral bones present, and the pelvis fused to the plastron

Size

Up to 21.6 in (55 cm) carapace length

Number of genera, species

2 genera; 18 species

Habitat

Freshwater habitats, from permanent rivers and lakes to ephemeral ponds

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 2 species

Distribution

Africa, Madagascar, and the Seychelles Islands

Distribution

Africa, Madagascar, and the Seychelles Islands

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