EMYSystem Species Page: Geochelone sulcata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Geochelone (Typical Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Geochelone sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise)
range of species Geochelone sulcata
approximate range
Original Description Miller 1779 : Fig. 26
Type Locality "India orientali" (in error); erroneously listed as "Westindien" by Wermuth and Mertens (1961:224; 1977:90)
Holotype Not located; although ZSM 2753/0 has the notation 'lectotype' in the museum's species catalog; however, this number is three juveniles of Geochelone denticulata according to Crumly pers. comm.
Original name Testudo sulcata
Common name African Spurred Tortoise
Distribution Central Africa from Mauritania and Senegal to Ethiopia
Comments Subgenus Centrochelys according to Bour (1984c). Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), and Broadley (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989). Hirth and Latif (1981) reported on morphometrics of a Sudan population.
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