The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Emydura subglobosa
Emydura subglobosa
(Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle)

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Emydura subglobosa (Krefft, 1876)

Common name: Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle

Synonyms and Other Names: Jardine River Turtle, Pink-bellied Side-necked Turtle

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Wide, yellow band across nostrils to base of tympanus (ear), with another yellow band from snout to temple above the eyes (Bonin et al. 2006).

Size: 260 mm

Native Range: New Guinea and Jardine River, North Australia (Bonin et al. 2006).

Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences: Stock Island.

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 Emydura subglobosa are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
FL201720221Florida Bay-Florida Keys

Table last updated 8/11/2022

† Populations may not be currently present.

Ecology: Mostly carnivorous diet (Bonin et al. 2006).

Means of Introduction: Probable released pet.

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. Research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.

References: (click for full references)

Bonin, F., B. Devaux, and A. Dupre. 2006. Turtles of the World. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Author: Jonathan A. Freedman

Revision Date: 5/20/2022

Citation Information:
Jonathan A. Freedman, 2022, Emydura subglobosa (Krefft, 1876): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=3806, Revision Date: 5/20/2022, Access Date: 8/11/2022

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