Western pond turtle, (Actinemys marmorata)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Emydinae
Genus: Actinemys
Agassiz, 1857

Actinemys is a small genus of turtles in the family Emydidae.[1] The genus is endemic to the west coast of North America. The genus contains two species.


The following two species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Actinemys.


Both species are sometimes included in the genus Emys (sensu lato).[2] Actinemys pallida, the southwestern pond turtle, has been a recent split from Actinemys marmorata, of which it was previously considered a subspecies.


  1. ^ a b "Actinemys ". The Reptile Database. [1].
  2. ^ Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Iverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Roger, Bour (2011-12-31). "Turtles of the world, 2011 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status" (PDF). Chelonian Research Monographs. 5: 000.185. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-31.

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