EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone chilensis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone chilensis (Chaco Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone chilensis
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1870a : 190
Type Locality "Chili" [= Chile, South America]; "Chili . . . N. Patagonia . . . Mendoza and the Pampas . . . Monte Video and Buenos Ayres . . .", according to Gray (1870b:707).
Syntypes (2 specimens) BMNH RR 1947.3.5.8; BMNH 1947.3.5.9, (both formerly BMNH
Original name Testudo (gopher) chilensis
Common name Chaco Tortoise
Distribution Argentina and Paraguay
Comments Subgenus Chelonoidis according to Williams (1952:555); subgenus Gopher according to Bour (1984c). Includes Geochelone petersi (Freiberg, 1973), according to most authors, including Wermuth and Mertens (1977), Pritchard (1979), and Richard et al. (1990). In addition, although G. donosobarrosi (Freiberg, 1973:83) is considered a full species by many authors (e.g. Cei, 1986; Richard, 1988; Richard and de la Fuente, 1988; and King and Burke, 1989:73-75); and a subspecies of chilensis by others (e.g. Walker, in Swingland and Klemens, 1989), Buskirk (1992) was unable to distinguish between them morphometrically or meristically. Reviewed as G. chilensis by Groombridge (1982), Waller (1986), and Walker (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989).
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