EMYSystem Species Page: Pyxis planicauda
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Pyxis (Spider Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Pyxis planicauda (Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise)
range of species Pyxis planicauda
approximate range
Original Description Grandidier 1867 : 233
Type Locality "Mouroundava" [western Madagascar]; restricted by Bour (1981:165) to "Morondava, province de Tuléar, Madagascar (pourrait être restreinte a la forêt d'Andranomena)"
Holotype MNHN 9373
Original name Testudo planicauda
Common name Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise
Distribution Known only from near the type locality in western Madagascar
Comments Transferred from the monotypic genus Acinixys by Bour (1981) and supported by Obst (1980); however, Crumly (1984c, 1988) supported the retention of Acinixys. Also reviewed by Obst (1978, as Acinixys planicauda; 1980), Groombridge (1982), and Durrell et al. (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989; as Acinixys planicauda). Includes Testudo morondavaensis Vuillemin (1972:127).
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