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Mauremys leprosa

Mauremys leprosa (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Cladus: Archelosauria
Division: Pan-Testudines
Division: Testudinata
Ordo: Testudines
Subordo: Cryptodira
Superfamilia: Testudinoidea

Familia: Geoemydidae
Subfamilia: Geoemydinae
Genus: Mauremys
Species: Mauremys leprosa

Mauremys leprosa (Schweigger, 1812)
Vernacular names
català: Tortuga de rierol
čeština: Želva maurská
Deutsch: Maurische Bachschildkröte
English: Spanish Pond Turtle
español: Galápago leproso
日本語: チチュウカイイシガメ

The Spanish pond turtle (Mauremys leprosa), also known as the Mediterranean pond turtle or Mediterranean turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. The species is endemic to southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa.


Including the nominotypical subspecies, there are two sub-species which are accepted:[4]

M. leprosa leprosa (Schweigger, 1812)[2] – Iberian pond turtle
M. leprosa saharica Schleich, 1996[2] – Saharan pond turtle


Mauremys leprosa is native to the western mainland Mediterranean Basin, stretching from the tip of southern France to the northwestern Maghreb (in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya). It is most frequent in the southern half of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).[1]

van Dijk, P.P., Mateo Miras, J.A., Cheylan, M., Joger, U., Sá-Sousa, P. & Pérez-Mellado, V. (2004). "Mauremys leprosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T158468A5199555. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.111–000.112
Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 230–231. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

Mauremys leprosa at the Reptile Database. Accessed 25 September 2020.

Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Iverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley (2010-12-14). "Turtles of the World 2010 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution and Conservation Status" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15.

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