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Article: A new species of Mauremys (Testudines, Geoemydidae) from the late Miocene – Pliocene of Central Macedonia (northern Greece) with exceptionally wide vertebral scutes

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 5 Issue 1 - Cover
Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 5
Part: 1
Publication Date: Febuary 2019
Page(s): 177 195
Author(s): Evangelos Vlachos, Juliana Sterli, Katerina Vasileiadou, and George Syrides
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1235
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How to Cite

VLACHOS, E., STERLI, J., VASILEIADOU, K., SYRIDES, G. 2019. A new species of Mauremys (Testudines, Geoemydidae) from the late Miocene – Pliocene of Central Macedonia (northern Greece) with exceptionally wide vertebral scutes . Papers in Palaeontology, 5, 1, 177-195. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1235

Author Information

  • Evangelos Vlachos - CONICET & Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio Av. Fontana 140 9100 Trelew Chubut Argentina
  • Evangelos Vlachos - School of Geology Faculty of Sciences Aristotle University of Thessaloniki University Campus 54124 Thessaloniki Greece
  • Juliana Sterli - CONICET & Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio Av. Fontana 140 9100 Trelew Chubut Argentina
  • Katerina Vasileiadou - Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest Sigri 81103 Lesvos Greece
  • George Syrides - School of Geology Faculty of Sciences Aristotle University of Thessaloniki University Campus 54124 Thessaloniki Greece

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 18 February 2019
  • Manuscript Accepted: 13 May 2018
  • Manuscript Received: 26 February 2018

Funded By

Research Committee Grant. Grant Number: 50141
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Abstract

Our knowledge of Neogene chelonian diversity in northern Greece is increased with the present description of a new species of Mauremys (Testudines, Geoemydidae) from the late Miocene to Pliocene of three localities in central Macedonia (Gefira‐2, Nea Silata, Allatini). This new species, Mauremys aristotelica sp. nov., is characterized by the presence of exceptionally wide vertebral scutes, a trait that is quite rare within Mauremys but has evolved independently in other pan‐testudinoid non‐testudinids. Total evidence phylogenetic analysis confirms the placement of the new species within Mauremys and reveals that its closest relative is Mauremys campanii from the late Miocene of Italy. It is also likely, under parsimony, that all geoemydids with similarly wide vertebral scutes from the Neogene of Eurasia form a clade nested within Mauremys. Our results also shed light on the evolution of geoemydids in the eastern Mediterranean during late Miocene to Pliocene times.

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