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Red-headed Amazon river turtle

(Podocnemis erythrocephala)

Description

Red-headed Amazon River turtle is a turtle from the family turtle Podocnemididae.The species was first scientifically described by Johann Baptist von Spix in 1824.Originally,the scientific name Emys erythrocephala was used.The species name erythrocephala means 'red head' and is a composition of Ancient Greek ἐρυθρός ( eruthros ),'red' and κεφαλή ( kephalē ),'head / head'.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Podocnemididae
Genus:Podocnemis
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