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Scientific Name: 
Elusor macrurus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Reptilia
Order: 
Testudines
Family: 
Chelidae
Genus: 
Elusor
Species: 
macrurus
Status: 
Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

Photo by John Cann.

Despite being one of Australia’s largest freshwater turtles, this species was only described in 1994. It is one of our most endangered turtles, restricted only to  the Mary River system. Populations are being impacted by nest predation and decreasing water quality.

Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
1996