Elseya bellii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Testudines Chelidae

Scientific Name: Elseya bellii
Species Authority: (Gray, 1844)
Common Name(s):
English Bell's Turtle, Bell's Sawshelled Turtle, Bell's Snapping Turtle, Namoi River Snapping Turtle, Western Sawshelled Turtle
Elseya bellii (Gray, 1844)
Phrynops bellii Gray, 1844
Wollumbinia bellii (Gray, 1844)
Wollumbinia bellii subspecies dorriani Wells, 2007
Taxonomic Notes: Was listed as Elseya sp. 1 in the 1996 and 2000 IUCN Red Lists. Was thought to be incorrectly spelt as E. bellii on the IUCN Red List from 2002 to 2006, but amended again in late 2009 from to E. belli to E. bellii following  Rhodin et al. (2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1+2c ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Endangered (EN)
1994 Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the headwaters of the Namoi and Gwydir Rivers, west of Armidale New South Wales, between 700 and 800 m asl. A disjunct and possibly distinct population also occurs in Bald Rock Creek, southeastern Queensland. The western boundary of the distribution coincides with where the rivers leave the escarpment before meeting the Darling River.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland)
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in the upper reaches and smaller tributaries of major rivers flowing through granitic bedrock. The riverbed is sandy and rocky, with small beds of aquatic vegetation. Has terrestrial nest sites.

Much of the land surrounding the rivers is used for grazing sheep and cattle. Some riparian vegetation remains in the form of numerous Eucalypts and introduced willows.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Citation: Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. 1996. Elseya bellii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T40758A10362671. . Downloaded on 26 May 2016.
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