Barbour's map turtle

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Barbour's map turtle
Barbour's Map Turtle kame.jpg
Graptemys barbouri, hatchling
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Graptemys
G. barbouri
Binomial name
Graptemys barbouri
Graptemys barbouri map.png
Range map
  • Graptemys barbouri
    Carr & Marchand, 1942
  • Malaclemys barbouri
    McDowell, 1964[2]
  • Graptemys barbouri
    Conant, 1975[3]

Barbour's map turtle (Graptemys barbouri) is a species of turtle in the family Emydidae. The species is endemic to the southeastern United States.

Geographic range[edit]

G. barbouri is found in rivers located in southeastern Alabama, the western panhandle of Florida, and southwestern Georgia.[3]


The specific name or epithet, barbouri, is in honor of American herpetologist Thomas Barbour.[4][5]


Owning Barbour's map turtles is illegal in Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama. The limit is two turtles per person in Florida. Like all map turtles, they are under the protection of the Salmonellosis Four-inch Regulation, disallowing these turtles to be sold if they are under the length of 4 in (10 cm).


Male Barbour's map turtles are on average 3.5 to 5.5 in (9–14 cm) in straight-line carapace length. Females can vary from 6 to 12.5 in (15 – 32 cm) in straight-line carapace length. "Females attain really imposing dimensions, and their heads are enormously enlarged".[3] These turtles possess black-tipped spines on the second, third, and fourth vertebral scutes. These spines are very noticeable in males, and resemble a dorsal fin.


Barbour's map turtles mainly consume mollusks, insects, and small fish found in rivers.


  1. ^ van Dijk PP (2011). "Graptemys barbouri ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T9496A97417240. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013.RLTS.T9496A12995762.en. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 186. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Conant, Roger (1975). A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. xviii + 429 pp. + 48 plates. ISBN 0-395-19979-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-395-19977-8 (paperback). (Graptemys barbouri, p. 55 + Plates 5, 8 + Map 18).
  4. ^ Beltz, Ellin (2006). Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America – Explained.
  5. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Graptemys barbouri, p. 16).

Further reading[edit]

  • Behler JL, King FW (1979). The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 743 pp., 657 plates. ISBN 0-394-50824-6. (Graptemys barbouri, pp. 458–459 + Plate 283).
  • Carr A, Marchand LJ (1942). "A new turtle from the Chipola River, Florida". Proc. New England Zool. Club 20: 95-100. (Graptemys barbouri, new species).
  • Powell R, Conant R, Collins JT (2016). Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Fourth Edition. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. xiv + 494 pp., 47 plates, 207 figures. ISBN 978-0-544-12997-9. (Graptemys barbouri, pp. 202–203 + Plates 16, 21 + Figures 82, 92 + photo on page x).
  • Smith HM, Brodie ED Jr (1982). Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. New York: Golden Press. 240 pp. ISBN 0-307-13666-3 (paperback). (Graptemys barbouri, pp. 52–53).

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