EMYSystem Species Page: Testudo kleinmanni
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Testudo (Palearctic Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Testudo kleinmanni (Egyptian Tortoise)
range of species Testudo kleinmanni
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Original Description Lortet 1883 : 188
Type Locality "dans les sables de la basse Égypte, surtout dans les environs d'Alexandrie" [Egypt]
Syntypes (number uncertain) includes at least MNHN 9839; USNM 10979; SMF 7810; SMF 7810 designated lectotype by Mertens 1967:52.
Original name Testudo kleinmanni
Common name Egyptian Tortoise
Distribution North Africa from Libya to southern Israel
Comments Subgenus Pseudotestudo, although Bour (1988c:18) presents evidence that this subgenus is not diagnosable. Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), Groombridge (1982), Buskirk (1985), and Stubbs (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989).
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