Temporal range: Kimmeridgian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Family: Eurysternidae
Genus: Hydropelta
von Meyer, 1860
Type species
Chelone meyeri
Thiolliere, 1851

Hydropelta is a genus of late Jurassic turtle from marine deposits in the Jura Mountains of eastern France.

Like many other eurysternid taxa, Hydropelta was at times considered the same species as Eurysternum. Originally described as a species of Chelone, it was renamed Hydropelta by Hermann von Meyer in 1860. Later, it was synonymized with Eurysternum by Oertel (1915), but was treated as a distinct genus and possibly a synonym of Solnhofia by Lapparent de Broin et al. (1996). However, Hydropelta is distinct from other eurysternids by the characters of the fontanelles and plastron.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jérémy Anquetin & Walter G. Joyce (2014) A reassessment of the Late Jurassic turtle Eurysternum wagleri (Eucryptodira, Eurysternidae). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34(6): 1317-1328. DOI:10.1080/02724634.2014.880449 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2014.880449#.VFkLgfnF_To
  2. ^ Anquetin, J., Puntener, C., and Joyce, W.G., 2017. A review of the fossil record of turtles of the clade Thalassochelydia. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 58 (2):317-369.