Flattened Musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus)

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General Information

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
 
Current Listing Status Summary
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

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
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
07/06/2009 74 FR 31972 31973 Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species
11/01/1985 50 FR 45638 45643 Proposed Thr. Status for Flattened Musk Turtle; 50 FR 45638-45643
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

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
02/26/1990 Flattened Musk Turtle View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
07/06/2009 74 FR 31972 31973 Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 23 Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
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.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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