name = Softshell turtles
Spiny Softshell Turtle, "Apalone spinifera"
phylum = Chordata
classis = Sauropsida
genus = "Apalone"
genus_authority = Rafinesque, 1832
"Apalone" is a
North American genusin the Trionychidaefamily of turtles, a family whose members are commonly referred to as softshell turtles. "Apalone" species are native primarily to the United States, though are also found in parts of southern Canadaand northern Mexico. "Apalone" is a fairly new classification assigned to North American speciesof genus " Trionyx", though they are still sometimes listed as "Trionyx" in certain texts. ("Trionyx" now refers specifically to certain softshell species found in Asia.)They are fast swimmers that chase down their prey in water. They feed mainly on fish.
Florida Softshell Turtle, " Apalone ferox" - South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.
Smooth Softshell Turtle, " Apalone mutica" - United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.
Spiny Softshell Turtle, " Apalone spinifera" - Canada (southern Ontarioand Quebec), most of the United States, and eastern Mexico.
Cuatro Cienegas Softshell, "Apalone ater" in Mexico
* [http://www.tortoise.org/archives/apalone.html Tortoise.org "Apalone" entry]
* [http://www.herpnet.net/Iowa-Herpetology/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=26 Spiny Softshell Turtle - Apalone spinifera] Species account from the Iowa Reptile and Amphibian Field Guide
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