Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Acherontemys
Hay, 1899
  • Acherontemys heckmani Hay, 1899

Acherontemys is an extinct genus of turtle from Miocene of United States.


It was assigned to Chelydridae by Robert L. Carroll in 1988,[1] while Hutchison classified it within Emydidae in 1992.[2] In 2016, it was placed in Panemydidae by Joyce and Borque.[3]


  1. ^ Carroll, R. L. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H Freeman Company, 1988.
  2. ^ Hutchison, J. H. 1992. Western North American reptile and amphibian record across the Eocene/Oligocene boundary and its climatic implications. Prothero, D. R. & Berggren, W. A. (eds.), Eocene-Oligocene Climatic and Biotic Evolution 451-463.
  3. ^ Walter G. Joyce; Jason R. Bourque (2016). "A Review of the Fossil Record of Turtles of the Clade Pan-Kinosternoidea" (PDF). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. 57 (1): 57–95. doi:10.3374/014.057.0104. S2CID 87607626.