Forsten's tortoise

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Forsten's tortoise
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Indotestudo
Species: I. forstenii
Binomial name
Indotestudo forstenii
(Schlegel & Müller, 1844)
  • Testudo forstenii Schlegel & Müller, 1845
  • Peltastes forstenii Gray, 1872
  • Testudo forsteni Williams, 1952 (ex errore)
  • Geochelone forsteni Pritchard, 1967
  • Geochelone forstenii Honegger, 1980
  • Indotestudo forstenii Bour, 1980
  • Indotestudo forsteni Groombridge, 1982
  • Indotestudo elongata forsteni Obst, 1985
  • Geochelone elongata forsteni Gosławski & Hryniewicz, 1993
  • Indotestudo foresternii Choudhury & Bhupathy, 1993 (ex errore)

Forsten's tortoise (Indotestudo forstenii) is an endangered species of tortoise found on Sulawesi, Indonesia. I. travancorica is found in the Western Ghats of India and has been considered as a synonym of I. forstenii previously but is now treated as a separate species.


See also[edit]

  • Sulawesi forest turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) – another threatened turtle endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia.


  1. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 284. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). Indotestudo forstenii. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is endangered
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1907 A new tortoise from Travancore. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 17: 560-564.
  • Iverson, John B., Phillip Q. Spinks, H. Bradley Shaffer, William P. McCord and Indraneil Das 2001 Phylogenetic relationships among the Asian tortoises of the genus Indotestudo (Reptilia: Testudines: Testudinidae). Hamadryad 26 (2):271-274
  • Pritchard, Peter C. H. 2000 Indotestudo travancorica. A Valid Species of Tortoise? Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(2):18-28.
  • Radhakrishnan, C. 1998 Additional record of the travancore tortoise, Indotestudo forstenii (Schlegel & Muller) (TestudinidaReptilia) in Kerala Cobra 34 (Oct.-Dec.): 19-20

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