Forsten's tortoise

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Forsten's tortoise
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Indotestudo
Species: I. forstenii
Binomial name
Indotestudo forstenii
(Schlegel & Müller, 1845)
  • Testudo forstenii
    Schlegel & 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 one of three tortoise species placed in the genus Indotestudo, the others being the elongated tortoise (I. elongata), and 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 in Sulawesi Island of Indonesia, and its nearby island such as Halmahera island.


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]

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


  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 B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Indotestudo forstenii, p. 92).

Further reading[edit]

  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Indotestudo forstenii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 May 2006.  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 CH. 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) (Testudinita: Reptilia) in Kerala. Cobra 34 (Oct.-Dec.): 19-20.

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