Eastern long-necked turtle genome

The Eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) is a freshwater dwelling species that can be found in the Eastern states of Australia, preferring slow moving waters of swamps or wetlands.

Chelodina longicollis Photo: Gunther Schmida, Source: Australian Museum

Turtles of the family Chelidae are found only in Australian region and South America, even in the fossil record, and so are of clear Gondwanal origin. Their closest relatives are with the greater Pelomedusidae, once widespread in both hemispheres, but now restricted to South America, Africa and Madagascar. Together, they represent a major component of freshwater turtle biodiversity that has not been well studied genomically.

Project coordinator:

Project collaborators:

  • Hardip Patel (Australian National University)
  • Janine Deakin (University of Canberra)
  • Diego Cortez (Mexico, Center for Genome Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • Yu Lin (Australian National University)
  • Yanbo Li (Australian National University)

References cited:

  • Kennett, R., J. Roe, K. Hodges, A. Georges. 2009. Chelodina longicollis (Shaw 1794) – Eastern Long-Necked Turtle, Common Long-Necked Turtle, Common Snake-Necked Turtle. Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises, 31: 1-8.