Temporal range: Miocene to recent, 23.03–0 Ma
Aubry's flapshell turtle (C. aubryi)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Cyclanorbinae
Genus: Cycloderma
W. Peters, 1854[1][2]
  • Heptathyra
    Cope, 1860
  • Aspidochelys
    Gray, 1860
  • Aspidochelis [sic]
    Marshall, 1873 (ex errore)

Cycloderma is a genus of softshell turtles in the subfamily Cyclanorbinae of the family Trionychidae. The genus is endemic to Africa.


The genus Cycloderma contains the following extant species:

Two extinct fossil species are also known: Cycloderma victoriae Andrews, 1914, from the early Miocene of Kenya; and Cycloderma debroinae Meylan et al., 1990, from the late Miocene to the Pliocene of Kenya.[3][4]

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


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin et al. 2011, p. 000.204
  2. ^ a b Fritz & Havaš 2007, p. 313
  3. ^ "Fossilworks: Cycloderma victoriae". Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Fossilworks: Cycloderma debroinae". Retrieved 17 December 2021.


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