Temporal range: Late Jurassic, 151 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Pleurosternidae
Genus: Selenemys
Pérez-García & Ortega, 2011
S. lusitanica
Binomial name
Selenemys lusitanica
Pérez-García & Ortega, 2011

Selenemys is an extinct genus of pleurosternid turtle from the Late Jurassic of Central West of Portugal. It is known from several specimens recovered from the Lusitanian Basin, dating to the upper Kimmeridgian age. It was one of the earliest European pleurosternids, more closely related to the later Cretaceous pleurosternids of Europe than the contemporary pleurosternids of North America. This genus was named by Adán Pérez-García and Francisco Ortega in 2011, and the type species is Selenemys lusitanica.[1]

The holotype is housed at the Laboratory of Paleontology and Paleoecology of the ALT-Society of Natural History (Torres Vedras, Portugal).


  1. ^ Pérez-García, Adán; Ortega, Francisco (2011). "Selenemys lusitanica, gen. et sp. nov., a new pleurosternid turtle (Testudines: Paracryptodira) from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31 (1): 60–69. doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.540054. S2CID 129187024.