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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Testudinidae (Tortoises)
subfamily.......Xerobatinae ()
genus...............Gopherus (Gopher Tortoises)
species list
G. agassizii (Desert Tortoise)
G. berlandieri (Berlandier's Tortoise)
G. flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise)
G. polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise)
Original Description
Rafinesque 1832 : 64
Common Name
Gopher Tortoises
Southern USA and northern Mexico
Reviewed by Auffenberg and Franz (1978a-e) and Smith and Smith (1979). Although Bramble (1982:853) described the genus Scaptochelys to include the species agassizii and berlandieri, the name Xerobates was previously available (Bour and Dubois, 1984b); however, most authors consider this partitioning of the genus Gopherus invalid (e.g., Crumly, 1984b, 1984c, 1990; but see Lamb et al., 1989).
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