Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 84.9–66.043 Ma
Foxemys mechinorum.JPG
Fossil of F. mechinorum, an extinct turtle
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Bothremydidae
Subfamily: Bothremydinae
Tribe: Bothremydini
Subtribe: Foxemydina
Genus: Foxemys
Tong et al., 1998
Type species
Foxemys mechinorum
Tong et al., 1998
Other species
  • F. trabanti Rabi et al. 2012

Foxemys is an extinct genus of bothremydid turtle that was discovered at Fox Amphoux, France[1] and also Hungary and Spain.[2] Its skull and shell structure is similar to Polysternon.[3] Two species are in the genus: F. mechinorum[3] and F. trabanti.[4]



  1. ^ "Paleobiology Database: Foxemys". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  2. ^ A. Pérez-García and F. Ortega. 2018. Identification of the French Upper Cretaceous bothremydid turtle Foxemys mechinorum in the Spanish record. Geobios 51(3):211-217
  3. ^ a b Tong, Haiyan; Eugene S Gaffney; Eric Buffetaut (1998). "Foxemys, a new side-necked turtle (Bothremydidae, Pelomedusoides) from the late Cretaceous of France". American Museum Novitates (3251): 1–19. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ Rabi, Marton; Tong, Haiyan; Botfalvai, Gabor (2012). "A new species of the side-necked turtle Foxemys (Pelomedusoides: Bothremydidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Hungary and the historical biogeography of the Bothremydini". Geological Magazine. 149 (4): 662–674. doi:10.1017/S0016756811000756. ...the migration could only happen after the Bothremydina physiologically adapted to a marine habitat and their osmoregulatory systems were developed enough to constantly live in saltwater. This adaptation already appeared by the Santonian as both Bothremys arabicus and Chedighaii or Bothremys barberi probably had a near-shore marine lifestyle