EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone elegans
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone elegans (Indian Star Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone elegans
approximate range
Original Description Schoepff 1794 : 111
Type Locality "India orientali"
Holotype Not located, but Schoepff 1794 stated that the specimen illustrated was from the "Museis Hagae Comitis et Harlemi" [possibly in the TSMHN in Haarlem, Netherlands].
Original name Testudo elegans
Common name Indian Star Tortoise
Distribution India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
Comments Subgenus Geochelone according to Bour (1984c). Wallin (1977) showed that a Linnaean type of Testudo geometrica is this species rather than Psammobates geometricus (see Comment under that species). Reviewed by Smith (1931; as Testudo elegans), Tikader and Sharma (1985), Moll (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989), and Das (1991).
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