|WikiProject Turtles||(Rated Start-class, High-importance)|
|This article contains a translation of Geochelone from de.wikipedia.|
The entry for the Galapagos tortoise says the maximum size for G. nigra is 4 feet, or only two-thirds the maximum quoted on this page. Six feet seems unrealistically large, even for a rare and untypical specimen.
Meaning in Latin
I don't know how to cite this, but Geochelone roughly translates into "world" or "land" "turtle".
Geo, meaning "world, earth, or land" (geography, geoshpere, geology)
This is probably Original Research, but could the term "geochelone" reference to how their shells are shaped like globes or spheres, or does it simply mean "land turtle"?
Distinguishing between species
It might be helpful to have some resources for distinguishing between species of Geochelone. I'm not sure if this page is of a sufficient standard, but it has proven quite useful.