Kinosternidae


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Kinosternidae

[‚kin·ə′stər·nə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The mud and musk turtles, a family of chelonian reptiles in the suborder Cryptodira found in North, Central, and South America.

Kinosternidae

 

(mud turtles), a family of reptiles of the order Cryptodira. The shell is 10–40 cm long. There are four genera, embracing 21 species. Mud turtles are distributed from southeastern Canada to northern Chile. In the genus Kinosternon the anterior and, sometimes, the posterior section of the plastron are movable; in some species the shell can close entirely. In the genera Staurotypus and Claudius the plastron is cruciform and barely covers the underside of the body. Members of the genus Sternotherus (musk turtles) have glands that produce a strongsmelling secretion. Mud turtles inhabit freshwaters and enter shallow oceanic bays. They feed on fish, invertebrates, and—less commonly—carrion. Eggs are laid on dry land, usually in a hole.

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Caracteristicas ecologicas do habitat de Kinosternon scorpioides scorpioides Linnaeus 1766 (Reptila Chelonia Kinosternidae) no Municipio De SAPound o Bento Baixada Maranhense (MaranhAPound o Brasil).
Kinosternon scorpioides e um reptil da familia Kinosternidae que habita campos e beira de rios da Baixada Maranhense (ACUNA et al., 1983, DELDUQUE, 2000; PEREIRA, 2004).
A taxonomic reappraisal of the yellow mud turtle Kinosternon flavescens (Testudines: Kinosternidae).
O Kinosternon scorpioides e um pequeno reptil da ordem dos quelonios que pertence a familia Kinosternidae (Vazolini et al., 1980; Acuna-Mesen et al.
Ultraestructura de la cascara de huevos eclosionados y no eclosionados de Kinosternon angustipons (Testudinata: Kinosternidae).
Among North American terrestrial and freshwater turtles, Kinosternidae lack an entoplastron and can be excluded from further consideration.
O Kinosternon scorpioides, pequeno reptil da ordem dos quelonios e da familia Kinosternidae, e uma tartaruga de agua doce, de habitos semi-aquaticos que pode ser encontrada nas regioes Norte e Nordeste do Brasil.
De la familia Kinosternidae, se descritbio la cascara del huevo de siete especies: Sternotherus minor, K.
Terrestrial movement has been studied extensively in Kinosternidae of eastern North America, where most observations have taken place within ephemeral bodies of water and adjacent terrestrial habitats.