Animalia > Chordata > Reptilia > Testudines > Podocnemididae > Podocnemis > Podocnemis unifilis

Podocnemis unifilis (Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle; Yellow-spotted river turtle)

Synonyms: Emys cayennensis; Emys terekay; Podocnemis cayennensis

Wikipedia Abstract

The yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle or yellow-spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) is one of the largest South American river turtles. It can grow up to 45 cm long and weigh up to 8 kg. This species can be recognized by its black or brown oval carapace (upper shell) with distinctive low keels on the second and third scutes. Yellow spots on the side of its head give this species its common name. These spots are most prominent in juveniles and fade with age. Females can be up to twice the size of males. Their average life span is 60 to 70 years.
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Adult Weight [1]  9.921 lbs (4.50 kg)
Gestation [1]  60 days
Litter Size [1]  24


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cerrado Brazil No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Caribbean drainages of Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela, and Colombia, Trinidad ?, Tobago ?, upper tributaries of the Amazon River in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, N Bolivia, S Venezuela, and Brazil Terra typica: "Rupununi und Takutu" rivers, Guyana.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License