Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 2827

Species Elseya irwini Cann, 1997

Irwin's Turtle

  • Elseya irwini Cann, J. 1997. Irwin's Turtle: A new species of short-necked turtle from Western Australia. Monitor (Journal of the Victorian Herpetological Society) 9(1): 36-40 [36].
    Type data:
     Holotype QM J59431 , Burdekin River, QLD [19°42'S 147°18'E].
  • Elseya stirlingi Wells, R.W. & Wellington, C.R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology Supplementary Series 1: 1-61 [nomen nudum].
  • Elseya dentata irwini Artner, H. 2008. The world's extant turtles, Part 1. Emys 15: 4-32.



Distinguished by the female's pale, primarily white head.





Extra Distribution Information

Restricted to Burdekin, Johnstone and Hartley Creek drainages

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Central Mackay Coast (CMC)

Ecological Descriptors

Freshwater, noctidiurnal, omnivore.


General References

Cann, J. 1998. Australian Freshwater Turtles. Sydney & Singapore : John Cann & Beaumont Publishing 292 pp. [195-198]


Common Name References

CAVS 2006. Census of Australian Vertebrate Species. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Irwin's Turtle)


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)
09-Aug-2012 09-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
29-Apr-2011 29-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)