A new trionychid turtle from the Early Cretaceous of Heilongjiang Province, Northeastern China

A new trionychid turtle from the Early Cretaceous of Heilongjiang Province, Northeastern China


English :

A new soft-shelled turtle (". Trionyx" jixiensis sp. nov.) from the Lower Cretaceous Chengzihe Formation, Jixi city, Heilongjiang Province, China is described on the basis of a nearly complete carapace. The new species is diagnosed by the absence of suprascapular fontanelles and absence of a preneural; eight neurals, tetragonal fifth neural; and eight pairs of costals, with the large eighth costals meeting after the eighth neural. Due to the incompleteness of the specimen and confused classification of the genera of trionychids, the new species cannot be included in any genus of Trionychinae and is temporarily assigned to ". Trionyx" (sensu lato). ". Trionyx" jixiensis is one of the earliest trionychids, its discovery indicates that the family was already diversified during the Early Cretaceous in Asia. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.