EMYSystem Species Page: Psammobates geometricus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Psammobates (South African Star Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Psammobates geometricus (Geometric Tortoise)
range of species Psammobates geometricus
approximate range
Original Description Linnaeus 1758 : 199
Type Locality "Asia"; restricted to "southwestern Cape Province, South Africa" by Baard (1991:9)
Syntype (1 specimen) ZMUU 20, plus published material; Hoogmoed and Crumly 1984:241, 254-55 designated the figure in Piso 1658:105 as lectotype (see Comment).
Original name Testudo geometrica
Common name Geometric Tortoise
Distribution Southwestern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
Comments Wallin (1977) showed that a Linnaean type specimen of Testudo geometrica is actually a Geochelone elegans (Schoepff, 1795). To avoid nomenclatural chaos, Hoogmoed and Crumly (1984) considered the figure in Piso (1658) as syntypical and designated it as lectotype. Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), Rau (1971; 1976), Greig and Burdett (1976), Groombridge (1982), Boycott and Bourquin (1988), Baard (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989), and Baard (1990, 1991).
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