Talk:List of species of Galápagos tortoise

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lot of good stuff in here[edit]

Think we could head this to FL. (After some polishing and developing.)

Could think about doing FAs on the IO tortoises as well and potentiall some sort of FT revolving around all the giant tortoises.TCO (talk) 06:27, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Hard to read![edit]

This is a horrible format, with long paragraphs two or three words wide. Can we re-formt it, e.g. putting the image and species summary and taxonomic in a box, then the history and description below? --Monado (talk) 19:17, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

I think this depends on the width of your display. All the best: Rich Farmbrough16:22, 24 October 2014 (UTC).

Older classification[edit]

The Gigantic Land Tortoises of the Galapagos Archipelago. By John Van Denburg, Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci., 1914.

Island Species Status-1906
Abingdon Testudo abingdoni Rare
James Testudo darwini Rare
Jervis Testudo wallacei Very rare
Duncan Testudo ephippium Fairly abundant
Indefatigable Testudo porteri Not rare
Barrington Testudo ? Extinct
Chatham Testudo chathamensis Nearly extinct
Hood Testudo hoodensis Very rare
Charles Testudo elephantopus Extinct
Narborough Testudo phantastica Very rare
Vilamil -- Albemarle Testudo guntheri Abundant
Iguana Cove -- Albemarle Testudo vicina Numerous
Tagus Cove -- Albemarle Testudo microphyes Fairly numerous
Banks Bay -- Albemarle Testudo becki Fairly numerous
Cowley Mt. -- Albemarle Testudo ? Rare


All the best: Rich Farmbrough16:22, 24 October 2014 (UTC).

Pronunciation please...[edit]

"Chelonoidis nigra"... Is that last bit "NI-GRA" or ummm... "NIG-RA". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Basesurge (talkcontribs) 04:53, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Species or subspecies?[edit]

In places (Wikipedia and latest IUCN taxonomy: Turtles of the World, 7th edition, 2014), these subspecies are considered species of the "nigra" species complex. Is it time to elevate these to species category here and elsewhere in Wikipedia? Dger (talk) 15:29, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I'd support that. Additionally there is confusion with Galápagos tortoise and Giant tortoise. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 20:02, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
If that's the case, we should split off the species articles. This here article seems like it should be merged to somewhere. FunkMonk (talk) 10:37, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
Agree, this might benefit from splitting into separate articles. Not that I don't like the current one; it's a nice compendium. But there may be enough information on the individual species to support articles. Looking around, it seems that species complexes have been variably bundled (Anopheles gambiae, Amanita muscaria) or split (Heliconius), so it would be a judgment call on amount of available information.-- Elmidae (talk · contribs) 11:07, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
Do these tortoises form a clade to the exclusion of other species in the same genus from elsewhere? FunkMonk (talk) 14:28, 16 February 2017 (UTC)