PaleoDB taxon number: 344521
The species epithet is based on the tridentate appearance of the skull that is most clearly seen in anterior view.
Full reference: P. A. Meylan, E. S. Gaffney, and D. Almeida Campos. 2009. Caninemys, a New Side-Necked Turtle (Pelomedusoides: Podocnemididae) from the Miocene of Brazil. American Museum Novitates 3634:1-26
Sister taxa: none
Type specimen: MCT 1496-R, a skull. Its type locality is Locality 28 of Price (Caninemys tridentata type locality), which is in a Miocene terrestrial sandstone/conglomerate in Brazil.
Ecology: amphibious omnivore