Temporal range: Eocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Bothremydidae
Tribe: Taphrosphyini
Subtribe: Taphrosphyina
Genus: Phosphatochelys
Gaffney & Tong, 2003
P. tedfordi
Binomial name
Phosphatochelys tedfordi
Gaffney & Tong, 2003

Phosphatochelys ("phosphate turtle") is an extinct genus of bothremydid pleurodiran turtle that was discovered near Oued Zem, Morocco. [1] The genus consists solely of type species P. tedfordi.


Phosphatochelys was discovered in the Oued Zem locality of Morocco, and is known from exclusively from a complete 6.8-centimetre-long skull, lacking the lower jaw.[1][2] The holotype was given to one of the describers by a friend, who had purchased it in France.


  1. ^ a b E. S. Gaffney and H. Tong. 2003. Phosphatochelys, a new side-necked turtle (Pelomedusoides: Bothremydidae) from the Paleocene of Morocco. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 279:644-659.
  2. ^ Fossilworks: Phosphatochelys Retrieved 2021-01-05.