EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone pardalis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone pardalis (Leopard Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone pardalis
approximate range
Original Description Bell 1828a : 420
Type Locality "Promont. Bonae Spei" [= Cape of Good Hope, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa]
Holotype Not located, although possibly in the OUM.
Original name Testudo pardalis
Common name Leopard Tortoise
Distribution Sudan to Angola and Republic of South Africa
Comments Subgenus Stigmochelys according to Bour (1984c). Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), Boycott and Bourquin (1985), and Broadley (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989); Greig and Burdett (1976) suggested that the subspecies may not be valid.
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