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Homopus areolatus

(Beaked Cape Tortoise)

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Beaked Cape Tortoise, Parrot-Beaked Tortoise

Common Names in German:

Areolen-Flachschildkr

Taxonomy

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Synonyms

Chersine tetradactyla Merrem 1820 • Homopus areolatus — Bour 1980 • Homopus areolatus — DumÉril & Bibron 1835: 146 • Homopus areolatus — Fritz & Bininda-Emonds 2007 • Homopus areolatus — Oudemans 1895 • Homopus areolatus — Wermuth & Mertens 1977: 68 • Testudo africana HERMANN 1804< /i> (Nomen Illegitimum) • Testudo areolata Thunberg 1787: 180 • Testudo areolata var. pallida Gray 1831 • Testudo fasciata Daudin 1802: 294 • Testudo miniata LacÉpÈde 1788: 166

Notes

Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Holotype: ZIUS 298. Illustration in Elaphe 8 (4): 3 and Elaphe 10 (1): 23 [2002]. Testudo areolata THUNBERG 1787 is the type species of the genus Homopus. Diagnosis of the genus Homopus (from Branch 2007): small African tortoises with the triturating surfaces of maxilla and premaxilla without ridges ; maxillary not entering roof of palate ; prootic narrowly exposed dorsally ; quadrate enclosing stapes; centrum of third cervical biconvex ; carapace without hinge ; no submarginal scutes ; gulars divided ; and gular region only slightly thickened (Auffenberg 1974). In addition to these features, the Aus tortoise possesses the following suite of characters that confirm its generic assignment to Homopus, and distinguish it from other tortoises in southern Africa : carapace depressed, with a distinct nuchal (c.f. Stigmochelys), paired gulars (c.f. Chersina) that are broader than long (c.f. Psammobates), and without a carapace hinge (c.f. Kinixys).

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Homopus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 6 species and subspecies in this genus:

H. areolatus (Beaked Cape Tortoise) · H. bergeri (Berger's Cape Tortoise) · H. boulengeri (Boulenger's Cape Tortoise) · H. femoralis (Karroo Cape Tortoise) · H. signatus (Speckled Cape Tortoise) · H. solus (Berger's Cape Tortoise)

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Last Revised: 2014-05-14