Forsten's tortoise

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Forsten's tortoise
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Indotestudo
Species: I. forstenii
Binomial name
Indotestudo forstenii
  • Testudo forstenii
    Schlegel & S. Müller, 1845
  • Peltastes forstenii
    Gray, 1872
  • Testudo forsteni
    E. 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 a species of tortoise in the family Testudinidae. Forsten's tortoise is one of three tortoise species placed in the genus Indotestudo, the others being the elongated tortoise (I. elongata), and the Travancore tortoise (I. travancorica).


The specific name, forstenii, is in honor of Dutch botanist Eltio Alegondas Forsten.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Indotestudo forsteni can be found on Sulawesi Island of Indonesia, and its nearby islands such as Halmahera island. In Sulawesi, it is found in the central and northern parts of the island.[3]

In North Sulawesi, it is found in Mount Boliahutu and around Buol, while in Central Sulawesi, it is found in Santigi, Morowali Reserve, Palu Valley, Kulawi Valley, Bora Village near Gimpu, and along the western border of Lore Lindu National Park.[4]


Indotestudo travancorica, found in the Western Ghats of India, has been previously considered a synonym of Indotestudo forstenii, but is now treated as a separate species.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 284. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Indotestudo forstenii, p. 92).
  3. ^ Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R. Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P.]. 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Pritchard, P.C.H., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 7:1–292. doi:10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017.
  4. ^ Harvest sustainability of Sulawesi tortoise Indotestudo forstenii in Indonesia

Further reading[edit]

  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Indotestudo forstenii ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2000: e.T10825A3219524. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2000.RLTS.T10825A3219524.en. Retrieved 9 January 2018.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is endangered.
  • Boulenger GA (1907). "A new tortoise from Travancore". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 17: 560-564.
  • Iverson, John B.; Spinks, Phillip Q.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; McCord, William P.; Das, Indraneil (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 & Müller) (Testudinita: Reptilia) in Kerala". Cobra 34 (Oct.-Dec.): 19-20.

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