EMYSystem Species Page: Kinixys natalensis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Kinixys (Hinge-back Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Kinixys natalensis (Natal Hinge-back Tortoise)
range of species Kinixys natalensis
approximate range
Original Description Hewitt 1935 : 353
Type Locality "Jameson Drift, Tugela River . . . and . . . Dimane stream, near Jameson Drift." [Natal Prov., Republic of South Africa]
Syntypes (2 specimens) AMG 6975A and unnumbered; the unnumbered AMG specimen was designated lectotype by Broadley 1981a:206-207.
Original name Kinixys natalensis
Common name Natal Hinge-back Tortoise
Distribution Eastern Republic of South Africa (eastern Transvaal and Natal), Swaziland, and southern Mozambique
Comments Previously considered a synonym of K. belliana (e.g., see Loveridge and Williams, 1957:388), but elevated to species status by Broadley (1981a). Reviewed by Boycott and Bourquin (1988), Boycott and Jacobsen (1988), and Broadley (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989).
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