Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Campanian
Chupacabrachelys complexus.jpg
Artist's reconstruction
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Bothremydidae
Tribe: Taphrosphyini
Genus: Chupacabrachelys
Lehman & Wick, 2010
  • C. complexus Lehman & Wick, 2010 (type)

Chupacabrachelys is an extinct genus of bothremydid turtle which existed in western Texas, United States during the late Cretaceous epoch (Campanian age).[1] Its fossils were discovered in Aguja Formation in the Big Bend region, and its type example is one of the most complete bothremydid specimens known. It was first named by Thomas M. Lehman and Steven L. Wick in 2010 and the type species is Chupacabrachelys complexus.[1] Chupacabrachelys was named after the cryptid of the same name from Mexican folklore.


  1. ^ a b Thomas M. Lehman and Steven L. Wick (2010). "Chupacabrachelys complexus, n. gen. n. sp. (Testudines: Bothremydidae), from the Aguja Formation (Campanian) of West Texas". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 30 (6): 1709–1725. doi:10.1080/02724634.2010.520782. S2CID 129303574.