Lobatse hinge-back tortoise

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Lobatse hinge-back tortoise
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Kinixys
Species:
K. lobatsiana
Binomial name
Kinixys lobatsiana
(Power, 1927)
Synonyms[2]
  • 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 family Testudinidae. 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.[3]

Range and habitat[edit]

This species is endemic to the Southern African countries of South Africa and Botswana.[3] 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. ^ Hofmeyr, M.D. & Boycott, R.C. 2018. Kinixys lobatsiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T163454A115654759. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T163454A115654759.en. Downloaded on 20 December 2018..
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 286. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b nlbif.eti.uva.nl Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine

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