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Re: questions about the Odontochelys study
--- On Sun, 11/30/08, T. Michael Keesey <email@example.com> wrote:
> Related question: why have no terrestrial testudines lost
> plastron? Or even just reduced it? The only testudines with
> plastra that I can think of are chelydrids (snapping
> turtles), and
> those are aquatic. Am I missing any other examples?
> T. Michael Keesey
> Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies
> Glendale, California
There is at least one terrestrial chelonian with a reduced plastron. The
pancake tortoises of Africa (_Malacochersis_) show substantial reduction of the
plastron; which partly aids in their scansorial outings.