Prionochelys matutina Zangerl 1953 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pancheloniidae

Synonym: Prionochelys galeotergum Zangerl 1953

Full reference: R. Zangerl. 1953. The vertebrate fauna of the Selma Formation of Alabama. Part IV. The turtles of the family Toxochelyidae. Fieldiana: Geology Memoirs 3(4):145-277

Belongs to Prionochelys according to A. D. Gentry 2018

See also Thurmond and Jones 1981 and Zangerl 1953

Sister taxon: Prionochelys nauta

Type specimens:

  • Prionochelys matutina: CNHM P27561, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Moore Brothers Farm, which is in a Santonian carbonate limestone in Alabama.
  • Prionochelys galeotergum: CNHM PR125, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Smoky Hill breaks, which is in a Turonian/Santonian marine horizon in the Niobrara Formation of Kansas.

Ecology: aquatic omnivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of United States (11: Alabama collections)

Total: 11 collections each including a single occurrence

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