Mary River Turtle Elusor Macrurus Cann and Legler, 1994

Darren Fielder, Arthur Georges

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This turtle is characterised by a reversed sexual dimorphism, with the adult male weighing 5500 g, with a carapace measuring 420 mm, being significantly larger than the female that weighs 3500 g and measures 340 mm. This turtle possesses a distinctive massive tail that is more than half the length of the carapace in adult males. In all sexes and ages, the tail has a large precloacal portion and is laterally compressed. The head is relatively small for its carapace size, displaying a prominent headshield that becomes more distinct from the surrounding skin colouring with age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueenland's Threatened Animals
EditorsPeter Storer Editorial Services
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780643096141
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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