Réunion giant tortoise

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Réunion giant tortoise
Cylindraspis indica 1792.png
Live C. indica.
Conservation status

Extinct  (1840s) (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Cylindraspis
Species: C. indica
Binomial name
Cylindraspis indica
Schneider, 1783
Synonyms[1]
  • Testudo indica Schneider, 1783
  • Chersine retusa Merrem, 1820
  • Testudo retusa Gray, 1831
  • Chelonura indica Rafinesque, 1832
  • Testudo perraultii Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Geochelone (Cylindraspis) perraultii Fitzinger, 1835
  • Cylindrapis indica Agassiz, 1857
  • Megalochelys indica Agassiz, 1857
  • Chersina grayi Strauch, 1865
  • Geochelone graii Pritchard, 1967
  • Geochelone indica Pritchard, 1967
  • Geochelone grayi Auffenberg, 1974
  • Testudo indica perraultii Auffenberg, 1974
  • Cylindraspis borbonica Bour, 1978
  • Cylindraspis graii Bour, 1978
  • Cylindraspis indica Bour, 1978
  • Cylindraspis bourbonica Gerlach, 2001 (ex errore)

The Réunion giant tortoise (Cylindraspis indica) was a species of giant tortoise in the Testudinidae family. It was endemic to Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. This tortoise was numerous in the 1600s and early 1700s. They were often killed for food by European sailors, and finally became extinct in the 1840s.[2]

Head and skull illustrated in 1737

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 277. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Petermaas.nl