Chelodina steindachneri
C steindachneri holotype1.jpg
Dorsal view of the holotype of Chelodina steindachneri
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Genus: Chelodina
Subgenus: Chelodina
C. steindachneri
Binomial name
Chelodina steindachneri
  • Chelodina steindachneri
    Siebenrock, 1914
  • Chelodina millymillyensis
    Glauert, 1923
  • Hesperochelodina steindachneri
    Wells & Wellington, 1985
  • Chelodina steindachneri
    Cogger, 2000

Chelodina steindachneri, commonly known as the dinner-plate turtle or Steindachner's turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Chelidae. The species is the least known of the Australian turtles and also one of the smallest members of the long-necked turtles of the genus Chelodina. It is a member of the subgenus Chelodina making it closely related to the Chelodina longicollis group of species.

Description and types

Holotype of Chelodina steindachneri NMW19798
Dorsal view
Dorsal view
Ventral view
Ventral view


The specific name, steindachneri, is in honor of Austrian herpetologist Franz Steindachner.[4]

Geographic range

C. steindachneri is endemic to the state of Western Australia in Australia.[3]


The preferred natural habitats of C. steindachneri are freshwater rivers and freshwater swamps.[3]


  1. ^ Siebenrock F (1914). "Eine neue Chelodina-Art aus Westaustralien ". Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien (Mathemathisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse) 17: 386-387. (Chelodina steindachneri, new species). (in German).
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 326–327. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Species Chelodina steindachneri at The Reptile Database
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Chelodina steindachneri, p. 252).

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