Chelidae


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Chelidae

[′kel·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The side-necked turtles, a family of reptiles in the suborder Pleurodira.

Chelidae

 

a family of reptiles of the order Pleurodira. The Chelidae are distinguished from the other representatives of the order (the Pelomedusidae) by their particularly long neck and a number of other features. There are approximately 30 species, belonging to ten genera, distributed in the rivers and lakes of South America, Australia, and New Guinea. The Australian snake-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) has a flat oval carapace. It is common in the rivers of southern Australia and feeds mainly on small fish. In January the female lays 15 to 25 eggs. The species of Hydro medusa and the matamata are characteristic of South America.

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Dispersal of Phrynops geoffroanus (Chelidae) in an urban river in central Brazil.
Uma revisao sobre padroes de atividade, reproducao e alimentacao de cagados brasileiros (Testudines, Chelidae).
Acantochelys spixii (Dumeril et Bibron, 1835) (Chelidae) e Trachemys dorbigni (Dumeril et Bibron, 1835) (Emydidae) (Testudines) como hospedeiros de Temnocephala brevicornis Monticelli 1889 (Temnocephalidae) (Platyhelminthes).
Species of Brazilian Chelidae build nests particularly far from riverbanks (Souza, 2004); the populations of M.
Demographic parameters of the neotropical freshwater turtle Hydromedusa maximiliani (Chelidae).
Diet of two freshwater turtles, Chelodina rugosa and Elseya entate (Testudines: Chelidae) from the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia.