Common name: Yellow-spotted River Turtle
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Native Range: Podocnemis unifilis is distributed within Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela; and Bolivia (Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, 1996).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Podocnemis unifilis are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Pet escape/release
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
King, W. and T. Krakauer. 1966. The exotic herpetofauna of southeast Florida. Quarterly Journal Florida Academy of Science. 29(2): 144-154.
Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. 1996. Podocnemis unifilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. http://www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 20 July 2015.
Revision Date: 8/18/2015
Powell, R.S., 2023, Podocnemis unifilis Troschel, 1848: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1272, Revision Date: 8/18/2015, Access Date: 6/2/2023
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