drawing of a softshell turtle

Updates to Chelonian Taxonomy and Nomenclature

Most of the scientific names of turtles and tortoises in the main body of this web site were taken from the book Turtles of the World by Carl H. Ernst and Roger W. Barbour. However, that book was published in 1989 and there have been many revisions in chelonian taxonomy and nomenclature in the intervening twenty years.

Mr. James H. Rea has compiled a list of those revisions, which can be viewed at his site, Turtle Species on Stamps.

In addition there is a web site maintained by the Turtle Taxonomy Working Group that contains detailed, current information on turtle taxonomy. Persons interested in the latest changes can click on the following link to visit that site: http://www.iucn-tftsg.org/checklist.

Main page Last modified:  June 20, 2010