EMYSystem Species Page: Gopherus polyphemus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Xerobatinae ()
GenusGenus Gopherus (Gopher Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise)
range of species Gopherus polyphemus
approximate range
Original Description Daudin 1802 : 256
Type Locality "bords de la rivière Savanna et près de l'Alatamah" [USA]; restricted by Schmidt (1953:104) to "vicinity of Savannah [Chatham Co.], Georgia," USA
Holotype Not located
Original name Testudo polyphemus
Common name Gopher Tortoise
Distribution Florida to southeastern Louisiana and southern South Carolina, USA
Comments Reviewed by Auffenberg and Franz (1978e and 1982), Groombridge (1982), and Diemer (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989).
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