Aquatic Cryptodiran Turtles: The Most Recent Island Hoppers

  • Marcelo S. de la Fuente
  • Juliana Sterli
  • Ignacio Maniel
Part of the Springer Earth System Sciences book series (SPRINGEREARTH)


Aquatic cryptodiran turtles of the clades Emydidae, Chelydridae, Geoemydidae, Kinosternidae, and Trionychidae are the most recent Mesoamerican immigrants to South America, arriving in various waves from the Miocene 12 million years ago (prior to the emergence of the Panamanian Isthmus) to the Plio-Pleistocene and Holocene (after the establishment of this isthmus). With the exception of Trionychidae, the remaining cryptodiran clades are still present in the South American chelonian fauna.


Mesoamerican immigrants Miocene Pliocene Pleistocene Panamanian isthmus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo S. de la Fuente
    • 1
  • Juliana Sterli
    • 2
  • Ignacio Maniel
    • 3
  1. 1.CONICET Museo de Historia Natural de San RafaelSan RafaelArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET Museo Paleontológico Egidio FeruglioTrelewArgentina
  3. 3.CONICET Fundación de Historia Natural Felix de Azara Universidad MaimonidesBuenos AiresArgentina

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