EMYSystem Genus Page: Testudo
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Testudo (Palearctic Tortoises)
range of genus Testudo
approximate range
T. graeca
T. hermanni
T. horsfieldii
T. kleinmanni
T. marginata
Original Description Linnaeus 1758 : 197
Common name Palearctic Tortoises
Distribution Southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia
Comments Subgenera listed in the species accounts were defined by Loveridge and Williams (1957) and Khozatsky and Mlynarski (1966), but are not accepted by some authors. Obst and Meusel (1963) reviewed European species.
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