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Sphenodon  Gray, 1831
Taxonomic Serial No.: 202131

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Common Name(s): Tuataras [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2016   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderRhynchocephalia  – Tuataras  
                            FamilySphenodontidae Cope, 1870 – Tuataras  
                               GenusSphenodon Gray, 1831 – Tuataras  
    Direct Children:  
                                  Species Sphenodon punctatus (Gray, 1842) – Tuatara 

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Sphenodon    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Sphenodon   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Hay, Jennifer M., Stephen D. Sarre, David M. Lambert, Fred W. Allendorf, and Charles H. Daugherty  
  Publication Date: 2010   
  Article/Chapter Title: Genetic diversity and taxonomy: a reassessment of species designation in tuatara (Sphenodon: Reptilia)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Conservation Genetics, vol. 11, no. 3   
  Page(s): 1063-1081   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1566-0621   
  Notes: DOI: 10.1007/s10592-009-9952-7   
  Reference for: Sphenodon   

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