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Ui terrapin Lesvos SIS 1

Observed: 5th May 2000 By: Shadow30Shadow30’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesShadow30’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesShadow30’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Ui terrapin Lesvos SIS 1
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Mauremys rivulata

I was told locally that European Pond Terrapin also occurred at this site. Is this synonymous, as there were alleged to be two species possible?

John

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Mystery

I've had a check through my books and they actually disagree about the status of the European pond terrapin on Lesvos. All of the photos you uploaded do look like the Balkan terrapin (even the one from Cuba...) so I didn't base the identification on range alone. My computer is down at the moment so I've been using my phone which isn't always the clearest, so I'll check back when I can get online.

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Lesvos terrapin

Thanks. Look forward to that.

John

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All Balkan terrapins

Hello John, I've had a look through all the pictures again and I'm sure they are all Balkan terrapins Mauremys rivulata. The European pond terrapin Emys orbicularis has a different shell shape, particularly around the margin. The colour of the carapace is different too, with the European pond terrapin looking darker, particularly when in the water.

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All Balkan terrapins

What about Stripe-necked terrapin Mauremys caspica ?

John

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They are... Sort of

A few years ago they would have been considered a subspecies of Mauremys caspica, known as M.c. rivulata. However, on the basis of genetic evidence they are now widely considered to be a separate species; M. rivulata.

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They are....

Thanks again.

John

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Balkan terrapin (Mauremys rivulata)

Many thanks for that.

John