EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone radiata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone radiata (Radiated Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone radiata
approximate range
Original Description Shaw 1802 : 22
Type Locality "Madagascar"; restricted by Bour (1978:152) to "Soalara (Baie de Saint-Augustin) sud-ouest de Madagascar"
Holotype BMNH 1947.3.5.15
Original name Testudo radiata
Common name Radiated Tortoise
Distribution Southern Madagascar; apparently introduced on Mauritius and Reunion Islands
Comments Subgenus Astrochelys (not Asterochelys) according to Bour (1984c). Reviewed by Juvik (1975), Groombridge (1982), Juvik et al. (1981), and Durrell et al. (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989). Includes Testudo hypselonota Bourret (1941:9) according to Auffenberg (1963:462-65).
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