Flattened Musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus)
The flattened musk turtle is a small aquatic turtle with a distinctly flattened carapace up to 119 millimeters (4.7 in) long. Keels are virtually, if not altogether, lacking (Mount 1981). The carapace is dark brown to orange with dark bordered seams and is slightly serrated behind (Ernest and Barbour 1972). The plastron is pink to yellowish. The head is greenish with a dark reticulum that often breaks up to form spots on the top of the snout (Mount 1981). Stripes on the top and sides of the neck, if present, are narrow. There are two barbels on the chin, all four feet are webbed, and males have thick, long, spine-tipped tails (Ernst and Barbour 1972).
- States/US Territories in which the Flattened Musk turtle, Black Warrior R. system upstream from Bankhead Dam is known to or is believed to occur: Alabama
- US Counties in which the Flattened Musk turtle, Black Warrior R. system upstream from Bankhead Dam is known to or is believed to occur: View All
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|06/11/1987||Southeast Region (Region 4)||Black Warrior R. system upstream from Bankhead Dam|
» Federal Register Documents
|11/01/1985||50 FR 45638 45643||Proposed Thr. Status for Flattened Musk Turtle; 50 FR 45638-45643|
|07/06/2009||74 FR 31972 31973||Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species|
|04/05/1984||49 FR 13558 13||Finding on Petition to List Flattended Musk Turtle; 49 FR 13558-13559|
|12/30/1982||47 FR 58454 58460||Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species|
|06/11/1987||52 FR 2242? 2243?||Determination of Thr. Status for Flattened Musk Turtle (Sternotherus depressus); 52 FR 224__?|
|07/18/1985||50 FR 29238||Findings on Petitions & Initiation of Status Review; 50 FR 29238|
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|02/26/1990||Flattened Musk Turtle||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|07/06/2009||74 FR 31972 31973||Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species||
|07/17/2014||Flattened Musk Turtle 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Flattened Musk turtle.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for Flattened Musk turtle.
» Life History
No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.
» Other Resources
NatureServe Explorer Species Reports -- NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network.
ITIS Reports -- ITIS (the Integrated Taxonomic Information System) is a source for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
FWS Digital Media Library -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video.