|SREL Reprint #0882|
Striped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon bauri) in South Carolina, A
Confirmation Through Multivariate Character Analysis
An unusual population of Kinosternon from
South Carolina, previously identified as a disjunct population of K. bauri,
is morphometrically compared with K. s. subrubrum and K.
bauri. Discriminant analyses
of shell and cranial characters demonstrate distinct separation between the
South Carolina turtles and K. s. subrubrum but indicate
extensive overlap between South Carolina turtles and K. bauri.
These data confirm the previous taxonomic assignment of the South
Carolina population and provide additional K. bauri localities
that establish geographic continuity between the South Carolina locality and
those that formerly constituted the northern border of the speciesí range.
A discriminant function that separates the species of Kinosternon
from South Carolina and Georgia is given for each year.
Reptilia; Testudines; Kinosternidae; Kinosternon;
SREL Reprint #0882
Lamb, T. 1983. The striped mud turtle (Kinosternon bauri) in South Carolina: a confirmation through multivariate
character analysis. Herpetologica 39:383-390.