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Malaclemys terrapin  (Schoepff, 1793)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 173780

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Testudo terrapin Schoepff, 1793
  Common Name(s): Diamond-backed Terrapin [English]
    Diamondback Terrapin [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderTestudines Batsch, 1788 – tortues, Turtles, Terrapins, Tortoises  
                            SuborderCryptodira Cope, 1868  
                               SuperfamilyTestudinoidea Fitzinger, 1826  
                                  FamilyEmydidae Rafinesque, 1815 – pond turtles, terrapins, Emydid Turtles  
                                     SubfamilyDeirochelyinae Agassiz, 1857  
                                        GenusMalaclemys Gray, 1844 – Diamondback Terrapins  
                                           SpeciesMalaclemys terrapin (Schoepff, 1793) – Diamond-backed Terrapin, Diamondback Terrapin  
    Direct Children:  
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin centrata (Latreille in Sonnini and Latreille, 1801) – Carolina Diamond-backed Terrapin, Carolina Diamondback Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin littoralis Hay, 1905 – Texas Diamondback Terrapin, Texas Diamond-backed Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota Hay, 1905 – Ornate Diamond-backed Terrapin, Ornate Diamondback Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin pileata (Wied-Neuwied, 1865) – Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin, Mississippi Diamond-backed Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum Fowler, 1906 – Mangrove Diamond-backed Terrapin, Mangrove Diamondback Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin tequesta Schwartz, 1955 – Florida East Coast Diamondback Terrapin, Eastern Florida Diamondback Terrapin, Eastern Florida Diamond-backed Terrapin 
                                              Subspecies Malaclemys terrapin terrapin (Schoepff, 1793) – Northern Diamondback Terrapin, Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin 

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2004   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada, draft (2004)   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2004) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Crother, Brian I., Jeff Boundy, Frank T. Burbrink, Jonathan A. Campbell, Kevin de Queiroz, et al.  
  Publication Date: 2012   
  Article/Chapter Title: Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding, Seventh Ed.   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Herpetological Circular, no. 39   
  Page(s): 1-92   
  Publisher: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles   
  Publication Place: Shoreview, Minnesota, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 9780916984854   
  Notes: Available free as a PDF at   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin, Diamond-backed Terrapin [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Iverson, John B.  
  Publication Date: 1992   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: A Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World   
  Page(s): xiii + 363   
  Publisher: Privately Printed   
  Publication Place: Richmond, Indiana   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-9617431-0-5   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P. P., J. Iverson, A. Rhodin, H. Shaffer, and R. Bour]  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title: Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with maps, and Conservation Status   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Chelonian Research Monographs, no. 5, v. 7   
  Page(s): 329-479   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1088-7105   
  Notes: doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - Available online at   
  Reference for: Malaclemys terrapin, Diamond-backed Terrapin [English], Diamondback Terrapin [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Native  



  Comment: IUCN: Near Threatened (1996). TFTSG Draft 2011: Vulnerable  



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