Data from: A revision of African helmeted terrapins (Testudines: Pelomedusidae: Pelomedusa), with descriptions of six new species

Alice Petzold, Mario Vargas-Ramírez, Christian Kehlmaier, Melita Vamberger, William R. Branch, Louis Du Preez, Margaretha D. Hofmeyr, Leon Meyer, Alfred Schleicher, Pavel Široký & Uwe Fritz
Using nearly range-wide sampling, we analyze up to 1848 bp of mitochondrial DNA of 183 helmeted terrapins and identify a minimum of 12 deeply divergent species-level clades. Uncorrected p distances of these clades equal or clearly exceed those between the currently recognized species of Pelusios, the genus most closely related to Pelomedusa. We correlate genetic discontinuities of Pelomedusa with data on morphology and endoparasites and describe six new Pelomedusa species. Moreover, we restrict the name...
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