Although several recent workers have used the name Sternothaerus for the North American musk turtles, the rules of priority render Sternotherus the correct name for them. The generic type fixation by Stejneger of S. odoratus is accepted.
Smith, Hobart M. and Larsen, Kenneth R.
"The generic name of the North American musk turtles,"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 34
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbn/vol34/iss1/2