EMYSystem Family Page: Testudinidae
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
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Original Description Batsch 1788 : 437
Synonyms Testudines (original name)
Common names Tortoises
Distribution Almost worldwide in temperate and tropical terrestrial habitats; excluding Australia
Comments Reviewed by Williams (1952), Loveridge and Williams (1957), Pritchard and Trebbau (1984:197-205), Crumly (1984b, c), and Swingland and Klemens (1989). Chromosomal relationships are discussed by Dowler and Bickham (1982). Phylogeny of the American species discussed by Rojas and Acuņa (1986). See Comment under Geochelone.
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