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
K. lobatsiana
Binomial name
Kinixys lobatsiana
(Power, 1927)
  • 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.


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.


  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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