Saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise

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Saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise
Cylindraspis inepta skull.jpg
Skull of Cylindraspis inepta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Cylindraspis
Species: C. inepta
Binomial name
Cylindraspis inepta
Günther, 1873
  • Testudo neraudii Gray, 1831 (nomen oblitum)
  • Testudo inepta Günther, 1873
  • Testudo boutonii Günther, 1875
  • Testudo sauzieri Gadow, 1894
  • Geochelone inepta Pritchard, 1967
  • Geochelone sauzieri Pritchard, 1967
  • Cylindraspis inepta Bour, 1981

The Saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise (Cylindraspis inepta) is an extinct species of tortoises in the Testudinidae family. It was endemic to Mauritius. The last records of this tortoise date to the early 18th century.

Engraving from 1601 showing the two Mauritian species of giant tortoise, far left

See also[edit]

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