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see side-necked turtleside-necked turtle,
name for the long-necked turtle of the families Chelidae and Pelomedusidae, found only in the Southern Hemisphere. The neck in these two families is of a different structure from that of other turtles and is folded sideways under the shell for concealment
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(Chelys fimbriata), the only species of the genus Chelys of the family Chelidae. It lives in bodies of water in Venezuela, Guiana, and Brazil. The carapace, which may be up to 40 cm long, is oval and has three longitudinal rows of large prismatic mounds. The undershell is long and narrow. The head is triangular, and the snout has the shape of a proboscis, measuring up to 15 cm. The matamata can project its snout to the surface when it burrows in mud on the bottom of rivers and lakes. The mouth is very wide. The skin on the head and the sides of the neck has fringelike growths that disguise the turtle among aquatic plants. It feeds on fish and invertebrates and is active at dusk.

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A sheep farm in Matamata, |above; sunset at Aroaki Mt Cook National Park, right, and a scene from the final Hobbit movie, left
Meanwhile the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata has introduced evening tours and been redecorated with barrels, carts and new props.
Another work by Peaslee (2010) focused on the activities of local residents in Matamata and articulated the negotiations of place meanings locals have with media power in their daily practices.
From the lush Matamata farmland where Hobbiton was created to the stunning mountain ranges, dense forests and expansive rivers, guests can get a feel for the location before taking a trip to the movie set, exploring Bilbo's Bag End.
Now a tourist attraction, the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matamata, Tunisia, is built out of five pit dwellings, and has been likened to an earthy silent tomb.
Material de comparacion examinado: Hyphessobrycon agulha: Colombia, Amazonas, Leticia: IAvH-P 8345, (19), afluente Quebrada Matamata, mar 2001.
Also expected to appeal to tourists is the improved hobbit village where Bilbo and Frodo live in Middle-earth, on a sheep and cattle farm at Matamata, 175 kilometres from Auckland.
Find Middle Earth at Alexander's sheep ranch close to Matamata, North Island.
SQUASH: Scots qualifier Lisa Aitken lost 11-7 11-6 11-1 to top seed Madeline Perry of Northern Ireland in the last 16 of the Matamata Open in New Zealand.
Unassuming Matamata, for example, was just a blip on the map about two hours south of Auckland before LOTR.
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