Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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CAVS: 2951

Species Emydura macquarii (Gray, 1830)

Macquarie River Turtle


Generic Combinations



A range of separate species or subspecies within Emydura macquarii have been recognised as valid by various authors. The taxonomy of Georges & Thomson (2010) has been widely adopted however there are many other arrangements often with conflicting lines of evidence (Cann & Sadlier, 2017). While recognising new approaches such as that used by Georges et al. 2018, we follow the Australian Society of Herpetologists in not recognising subspecies within E. macquarii until an arrangement that is well supported by evidence and likely to be stable is published in the peer reviewed literature. See the Australian Society of Herpetologists Official List of Australian Species (2022) for further details.




New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Associated with the Murray-Darling drainage system.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld, SA, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Kanmantoo (KAN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Victorian Midlands (VM), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Lentic freshwater, lotic freshwater, omnivore.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
30-Nov-2022 CHELIDAE 30-Nov-2022 MOVED
04-Sep-2013 CHELIDAE 08-Jul-2014 MODIFIED
09-Aug-2012 28-Aug-2013 MODIFIED
29-Apr-2011 29-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)