Francemys Pérez-García 2019 (sideneck turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines

The generic name is in honour of France de Lapparent 227 de Broin (MNHN), a great specialist in the study of Laurasiatic and Gondwanic fossil turtles, including among others numerous lineages of Pleurodira such as those present in Gadoufaoua. It comprises her name, France, alongside emys (Greek), meaning freshwater turtle.

Full reference: A. Pérez-García. 2019. The African Aptian Francemys gadoufaouaensis gen. et sp. nov.: new data on the early diversification of Pelomedusoides (Testudines, Pleurodira) in northern Gondwana. Cretaceous Research 102:112-126

Parent taxon: Pelomedusoides according to A. Pérez-García 2019

Sister taxa: Apodichelys, Araripemydidae, Caririemys, Chrysemys montolivensis, Naiadochelys, Palaeaspis, Panpodocnemidae, Peiropemydidae, Pelomedusera, Podocnemidera, Podocnemidoidea, Taphrosphys dares, Taphrosphys miocenica

Subtaxa: Francemys gadoufaouaensis

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Type: Francemys gadoufaouaensis

Ecology: amphibious omnivore

Distribution: found only at Niveau des Innocents, Gadoufaoua (Cretaceous of Niger)

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