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; order Chelonia, suborder Cryptodira)

A monospecific family (Carettochelys insculpta) of turtles found in the rivers of southern New Guinea. The bony shell is complete, but skin-covered, lacking horny scales. The nose has a short breathing proboscis, but lung respiration is supplemented by cutaneous surfaces (see cutaneous respiration). The family is believed to be intermediate between Emydidae and Trionychidae.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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