Lobatse hinge-back tortoise

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Lobatse hinge-back tortoise
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Kinixys
Species: K. lobatsiana
Binomial name
Kinixys lobatsiana
(Power, 1927)
Synonyms[1]
  • Cinixys lobatsiana Power, 1927
  • Kinixys lobatsiana Hewitt, 1931
  • Kinixys belliana lobatsiana Mertens & Wermuth, 1955
  • Kinixys belliana lobatisiana Paull, 1997 (ex errore)

The Lobatse hinge-back tortoise (Kinixys lobatsiana) is a species of turtle in the Testudinidae family. It is found in Southern Africa. Originally a subspecies of Bell's hinge-back tortoise (Kinixys belliana), this southern African tortoise was elevated to full species status by herpetologist, Broadley in 1993.

Description[edit]

This turtle has an elongated, and rather narrow carapace up to 16.7 cm, which is slightly domed to flattened with a low, disrupted medial keel.[2]

Range and habitat[edit]

This species is endemic to the Southern African countries of South Africa and Botswana.[2] More specifically, it is restricted to northern South Africa and southeastern Botswana. Here it inhabits Acacia and Combretum woodlands as well as bushveld.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 286. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b nlbif.eti.uva.nl

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