Eastern Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera spinifera (LeSueur, 1827)In need of conservation  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  -  Vulnerable  -  Garrett only  

Status:

Eastern Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera spinifera) is considered to be rare in Maryland, with records only from Garrett County. This species is widely distributed in the Ohio River drainage in central North America, but in Maryland, this zone is highly restricted, and consequently, the species is not common. Spiny Softshells generally prefer creeks or rivers with silty or sandy substrates and aquatic vegetation. They will sometimes utilize still water habitats such as ponds or lakes. Softshells are frequently conspicuous baskers on rocks or banks. They can also often be seen periscoping at the surface, with just the head and snout above the water. In Maryland, this turtle is considered to be in need of conservation. It is ranked as S1 (highly state rare), and is considered vulnerable to extirpation (Maryland DNR site).

There are 5 records in the project database.

Search Google Images

GA ALWAFRCLMOHOBAHACEPGAACVCHSMKEQACNTADOWISOWO
A Spiny Softshelled Turtle in northwestern Arkansas (8/2010). Highly state rare (S1) in Maryland and listed as in need of conservation (likely to become threatened). Very local population. Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

An Eastern Spiny Softshell in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/28/2012). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

An Eastern Spiny Softshell in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/28/2012). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)


View All Images

Use of images featured on Maryland Biodiversity Project is only permitted with express permission of the photographer.

View Bibliography