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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?
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.
Thanks. Look forward to that.
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.
What about Stripe-necked terrapin Mauremys caspica ?
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.
Many thanks for that.
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