Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Nilssonia is an extinct genus of plants belonging to Bennettitales, which were similar to cycads in growth form and leaf morphology, but completely different in reproductive structures. Bennettitales were found across the globe during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Location of Palaeontological Sites
- United States of America.
- In Paleorrota geopark in Brazil. Upper Triassic period, the Santa Maria Formation.
- Early Cretaceous macrofloras of Western Australia
- rticle/pii/S0034666706001448 Morphology and epidermal anatomy of Nilssonia (cycadalean foliage) from the Upper Triassic of Lunz (Lower Austria)
- A clarification of the type of Nilssoniopteris Nathorst (fossil Gymnospermophyta,Bennettitales)
- The Cycads, Cycadeoids (Bennettitales) and Ginkgophytes
- Passo das Tropas, Santa Maria, RS. Marco bioestratigráfico triássico na evolução paleoflorística do Gondwana na Bacia do Paraná
Nilssonia is a genus of softshell turtles (family Trionychidae). In many treatments, it is monotypic, with the single species Burmese Peacock Softshell (N. formosa). However, the supposed other genus of peacock softshells, Aspideretes, is even closer related to N. formosa than was previously believed. They differ only in the neural plates between the first pleural scale pair of the bony carapace, which are fused into one in N. formosa and unfused in the others.
Thus, it has been proposed to unite the two genera under the older name, Nilssonia. As it seems, the closest living relatives of the Burmese peacock softshell are the Ganges Soft-shelled Turtle (A./N. gangeticus) and the Nagpur Soft-shelled Turtle (A./N. leithii), making the merging of the genera well warranted.
Species[edit source | edit]
If the genera are united there are five species:
- Burmese softshell turtle Nilssonia formosa (Gray, 1869)
- Ganges softshell turtle Nilssonia gangetica (Cuvier, 1825)
- Peacock softshell turtle Nilssonia hurum (Gray, 1831)
- Nagpur softshell turtle Nilssonia leithii (Gray, 1872)
- Black softshell turtle Nilssonia nigricans (Anderson, 1875)
Footnotes[edit source | edit]
- Praschag et al. (2007)
References[edit source | edit]
- Praschag, P.; Hundsdörfer, A.K.; Reza, A.H.M.A. & Fritz, U. (2007): Genetic evidence for wild-living Aspideretes nigricans and a molecular phylogeny of South Asian softshell turtles (Reptilia: Trionychidae: Aspideretes, Nilssonia). Zool. Scripta 36(4): 301–310. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2007.00282.x (HTML abstract)
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