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A New Supspecies of Slider Turtle (Pseudemys scrip

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volume 13, No. 3, pp. 73-84, pls. 9-12, 3 figs. August 16, 1960

A New Subspecies of Slider Turtle (Pseudemys scripta) from Coahuila, Mexico

BY

JOHN M. LEGLER

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1960

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Henry S. Fitch, Robert W. Wilson

Volume 13, No. 3, pp. 73-84, pls. 9-12, 3 figs. Published August 16, 1960

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED IN THE STATE PRINTING PLANT TOPEKA, KANSAS 1960

28-3860

A New Subspecies of Slider Turtle (Pseudemys scripta) from Coahuila, Mexico

BY

JOHN M. LEGLER

In September, 1958, the author and two colleagues collected a large series of _Pseudemys_ in small ponds and in a river in the basin of Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila. The specimens prove to represent a previously unrecognized subspecies of _Pseudemys scripta_. The subspecies is named in honor of Edward Harrison Taylor who has contributed more than any other person to our present knowledge of the herpetofauna of Mexico.

=Pseudemys scripta taylori= new subspecies

(Pls. 9-12, Figures 1 & 2)

_Holotype._--Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist., No. 46952, adult female, alcoholic; 16 km. S Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico; 6 September 1958; original number 1694 John M. Legler.

_Paratypes._--A total of 52 specimens as follows (numbers or series of numbers marked with an asterisk are for specimens prepared as dry shell with soft parts in alcohol): KU 46932-4*, 46949-51, 46953-67, 46969 (females), 46935*, 46936-48, 46968 (males), same data as holotype, 6 to 8 September 1958; UU 3416 (male), same locality, 29 to 30 July 1959; KU 46971, 46973* (females), 46972 (male), 46970, 46974 (juveniles), 6 mi. W Cuatro Cienegas, 3 to 6 September 1958; IU 43585, 43587-9 (females), 43586, 43590 (males), same locality, 11 July 1958; CNHM 55655 (female), same locality, 22 August 1939; KU 46976 (female), Rio Chiquito, 10 km. S Cuatro Cienegas, 9 September 1958; UU 3415 (female), 8.5 mi. SW Cuatro Cienegas, 1 August 1959.


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