EMYSystem Species Page: Homopus signatus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Homopus (Cape Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Homopus signatus (Speckled Cape Tortoise)
range of species Homopus signatus
approximate range
Original Description Gmelin 1789 : 1043
Type Locality Not stated; designated as "vicinity of Springbok, Cape Province, South Africa" by Bour (1988a:3)
Holotype Not designated; the Plate labelled "Testud. Sign. var." in Walbaum 1782 was designated lectotype by Bour 1988a:1 and reproduced in that work.
Original name Testudo signata
Common name Speckled Cape Tortoise
Distribution Western Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
Comments Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), Greig and Burdett (1976), Boycott (1986), Bour (1988a), Boycott and Bourquin (1988), and Boycott (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989).
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