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Temporal range: Aptian
~125–113 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Bothremydidae
Subfamily: Bothremydinae
Tribe: Cearachelyini
Genus: Itapecuruemys
Batista, Carvalho & la Fuente, 2020
I. amazoniensis
Binomial name
Itapecuruemys amazoniensis
Batista, Carvalho & la Fuente, 2020

Itapecuruemys ("Itapecuru turtle") is an extinct genus of bothremydid pleurodiran turtle that was discovered in the Itapecuru Formation of Brazil.[1] It is a monotypic genus, with only type species Itapecuruemys amazoniensis known.[1]


The genus was named for the Itapecuru Formation of Brazil, the formation in which the remains of Itapecuruemys were situated.[1] The specific epithet is named after the Legal Amazon region, where it was discovered.[1]


The carapace of Itapecuruemys amazoniensis is broad and low. The lateral margins converge posteriorly, with the widest point level with the fourth rib. Most of the carapace is unknown, consisting of one nuchal and several syprapygal plates, as well as seven neural plates and sixteen ribs. The first neural vertebra is similar to that of Kurmademys. The second to fifth neurals more closely resemble Foxemys. The nuchal plate is preserved only by a fragment of the anterior-most portion.[1] Scute preservation for Itapecuruemys is poor, with only the second and third vertebral scutes and second, third and fourth pleurals being recognizable.


  1. ^ a b c d e Batista, Diego L.; de Sousa Carvalho, I.; de la Fuente, M.S. (2020). "A new Cretaceous (Pleurodira: Pelomedusoides) from the Lower Cretaceous of Parnaíba Basin, Brazil": Journal of South American Earth Sciences.