African dwarf mud turtle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Pelomedusidae
Genus: Pelusios
P. nanus
Binomial name
Pelusios nanus
  • Pelusios adansonii nanus – Wermuth & Mertens, 1977
  • Pelusios adansoni nanus – Obst, 1985

The African dwarf mud turtle (Pelusios nanus) is a species of turtle in the family Pelomedusidae. It is endemic to Africa : in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Zambia.[1] These mud turtles are the smallest of all African turtle species, “Nanus” which they are referred to are one of the 3 smallest turtle species in the world. The other two are Stink Pot Musk and Muhlenberg's Bog Turtles. All 3 species barely reach 4 inches as full grown adults. Like many of the world's chelonians, Pelusios castaneus has the potential to live a long life. Reports typically suggest more than 50 years in captivity for this species.[3]


  1. ^ a b Rhodin et al. 2011, p. 000.215.
  2. ^ a b Fritz & Havaš 2007, p. 348.
  3. ^ Anders G. J. Rhodin, Craig B. Stanford, Peter Paul Van Dijk, Carla Eisemberg, Luca Luiselli, Russell A. Mittermeier, Rick Hudson, Brian D. Horne, Eric V. Goode, Gerald Kuchling (2018). "Global Conservation Status of Turtles and Tortoises (Order Testudines)". Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 17 (2): 135. doi:10.2744/CCB-1348.1.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)