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Fw: Turtle terminology
> So "turtle" only means "sea turtle" to them? As in "turtles, tortoises
> and terrapins", and not as in "Teenage Mutant Hero/Ninja Turtles"?
...has been answered offlist (forwarded with permission):
Keep in mind that you're basing what you know here on a press release,
and not on a technically expressed point of view. But yes, the wording in
the BBC article makes out that 'turtle' is synonymous with 'sea turtle',
the big deal about _Araripemys arturi_ is that its paddle-like feet
a parallel with aquatic testudines. I didn't talk to the journalists, but
well known it is indeed SOP in Britain that 'turtle' is not synonymous
Testudines - it does indeed mean instead 'sea turtle'. From this
araripemydids would be terrapins that are approaching a turtle-like
condition. However, it is pretty normal nowadays for us to be like
Americans and use the term turtle for all members of Testudines.
I see... thanks! I didn't know *Araripemys* was a terrapin.
(I have been told, on the other hand, that in Australia, where there are no
testudinids, "tortoise" is used for the big, snappy, aquatic chelids. Oh,
for German where everything is a "shield toad"... ;-) )
University of Portsmouth, Uk
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