Diagnosis of living and fossil short-necked turtles of the genus Elseya using skeletal morphology

  • Scott Andrew Thomson

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    Abstract

    The broad aim of my thesis is to delimit and diagnose species of the genus Elseya, agenus once thought to only have a few widely distributed species, including resolving of the reported paraphyly with respect to Emydura (Legler, 1981; Georges and Adams, 1992). More specifically, my objectives were to identify and describe characters that can be used as apomorphies to define the relationships between the species and genera; to diagnose and describe living and fossil species and revise existing descriptions; to name selected species and genera with descriptions and diagnoses in accordance with current taxonomic practices; and to develop keys and synonymies that are in accordance with demonstrated relationships between the species of Australian Chelids.
    Date of Award2015
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorArthur Georges (Supervisor) & Stephen Sarre (Supervisor)

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