EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone platynota
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone platynota (Burmese Star Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone platynota
approximate range
Original Description Blyth 1863 : 83
Type Locality "Lower Pegu" [Burma]; stated as "Irrawaddy Valley" by Smith (1931:140)
Syntypes (3 specimens) unlocated; supposedly in the BMNH and ZSI according to Smith 1931:140; ZSI 787; ZSI 788; ZSI 789 according to Das pers. comm.
Original name Testudo platynota
Common name Burmese Star Tortoise
Distribution Southern Burma
Comments Subgenus Geochelone according to Bour (1984c). Reviewed by Smith (1931; as Testudo platynota), Bourret (1941; as Testudo platynota), Groombridge (1982), and Moll (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989). Considered to be a subspecies of G. elegans by Obst (1985:218; 1986:210) without justification.
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