SREL Reprint #0875

 

 

 

On the Problematic Identification of Kinosternon (Testudines: Kinosternidae) in Georgia, with New State Localities for Kinosternon bauri

Trip Lamb

 

Abstract

Fifteen unusual specimens of mud turtles (Kinosternon) from Georgia, previously identified as K. s. subrubrum, were reappraised using morphometric comparisons with K. s. subrubrum and K. bauri.  Discriminant analyses of shell characters were conducted separately for males and females and compared.  Analyses for the two sexes were highly complementary, each demonstrating distinct separation between the Kinosternon in question and K. s. subrubrum while exhibiting extensive overlap between these specimens and K. bauri.  Morphometrically, the unusual Kinosternon were judged to be K. bauri; thus some new state localities resulted.  A discriminant function that identifies the species of Kinosternon from Georgia is given for each sex.

 

SREL Reprint #0875

Lamb, T. 1983. On the problematic identification of Kinosternon (Testudines: Kinosternidae) in Georgia, with new state localities for Kinosternon bauri. Georgia Journal of Science 41:115-120.

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