Pearl River map turtle

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Pearl River map turtle
Graptemys Pearlensis.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Graptemys
G. pearlensis
Binomial name
Graptemys pearlensis
Ennen et al., 2010[2]
Graptemys gibbonsi map.png
Combined range map of Pearl River map turtle (western blue section) and Pascagoula map turtle (eastern blue section)

The Pearl River map turtle (Graptemys pearlensis) is a species of emydid turtle native to the southern United States.

Geographic range[edit]

It is endemic to the Pearl River in Louisiana and Mississippi.[2] The ringed map turtle (G. oculifera) is also endemic to the Pearl River.


Until 2010, it was included in the Pascagoula map turtle (G. gibbonsi), which it resembles.[2]


  1. ^ van Dijk, P.P. (2011). "Graptemys pearlensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T184437A97423604. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T184437A8276246.en. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Ennen, Joshua R.; Jeffrey E. Lovich; Brian R. Kreiser; W. Selman; Carl P. Qualls. (2010). Genetic and Morphological Variation Between Populations of the Pascagoula Map Turtle (Graptemys gibbonsi) in the Pearl and Pascagoula Rivers with Description of a New Species. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9 (1): 98–113.

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