Texas spiny softshell turtle

The Texas spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera emoryi) is a subspecies of the spiny softshell turtle in the family Trionychidae. The subspecies is native to the southwestern United States. The subspecific name, emoryi, is in honor of United States Army officer and surveyor William Hemsley Emory.[2] A. s. emoryi is found in Texas and New Mexico, in the Rio Grande and its immediate tributaries.

Apalone spinifera emoryi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Apalone
A. s. emoryi
Trinomial name
Apalone spinifera emoryi
(Agassiz, 1857)
  • Aspidonectes emoryi
    Agassiz, 1857
  • Trionyx emoryi
    Strauch, 1862
  • Aspidonectes emyda
    Gray, 1870
  • Aspidonectes georgii
    Gray, 1870
  • Platypeltis emoryii [sic]
    Baur, 1893 (ex errore)
  • Platypeltis emoryi
    Siebenrock, 1909
  • Amyda emoryi
    Stejneger & Barbour, 1917
  • Amyda emoryii
    Strecker, 1927
  • Amyda ferox emoryi
    Neill, 1951
  • Trionyx ferox emoryi
    Schmidt, 1953
  • Trionyx spinifer emoryi
    A. Schwartz, 1956
  • Trionyx spinifera emoryi
    Minton, 1959
  • Trionyx spiniferus emoryi
    Wermuth & Mertens, 1961
  • Trionyx spiniferus emoryir [sic]
    Honegger, 1982 (ex errore)
  • Apalone spinifera emoryi
    Ernst & Barbour, 1989
  • Apalone spinifera emoryi
    Stubbs, 1989


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 306–310. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Apalone spinifera emoryi, p. 83).

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