Rafetus vietnamensis Le, Le, Tran, Phan, Phan, Tran, Pham, Nguyen, Nong, Phan, Dinh, Truong and Ha, 2010 — Another Invalid Name for an Invalid Species of SoftShell Turtle (Reptilia: Testudines: Trionychidae)

Balázs Farkas, Minh Duc Le, Truong Quang Nguyen


The description of <em>Rafetus vietnamensis</em> Le et al., 2010 is reviewed. As the name was based on the same type material as <em>Rafetus leloii</em> Ha, 2000, we declare <em>R. vietnamensis</em> an objective synonym of <em>R. leloii</em>. Simultaneously, no characteristics presented by Le et al. distinguish their <em>R. vietnamensis</em> from <em>Rafetus swinhoei</em> (Gray, 1873), which confirms our view that they constitute the same biological entity.


nomenclature; taxonomy; morphology; Rafetus vietnamensis; Rafetus leloii; Rafetus swinhoei; Vietnam

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2011-18-1-65-72


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