|SREL Reprint #0875|
On the Problematic Identification of Kinosternon (Testudines: Kinosternidae) in Georgia, with New State Localities for Kinosternon bauri
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