Gopherus laticuneus Cope 1873 (gopher tortoise)

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

Alternative combinations: Gopherus (Oligopherus) laticuneus, Gopherus laticunea, Scaptochelys laticunea, Testudo laticunea, Testudo laticuneus

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1873. Second notice of extinct Vertebrata from the Tertiary of the Plains. Paleontological Bulletin 15:1-6

Belongs to Gopherus according to V.-H. Reynoso and M. Montellano-Ballesteros 2004

See also Bramble 1982, Cope 1873, Galbreath 1953, Gilmore 1946, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Hutchison 1996, Vlachos 2018, Vlachos and Rabi 2018 and Wall and Maddox 1998

Sister taxa: Gopherus (Gopherus), Gopherus (Oligopherus), Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus auffenbergi, Gopherus berlandieri, Gopherus brevisternus, Gopherus depressus, Gopherus donlaloi, Gopherus edae, Gopherus flavomarginatus, Gopherus hexagonatus, Gopherus mohavensis, Gopherus morafkai, Gopherus polyphemus, Testudo milleri

Type specimen: AMNH 1160, a shell (essentially complete shell with some of the internal skeleton). Its type locality is Horsetail Creek, which is in a Chadronian terrestrial horizon in the White River Formation of Colorado.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore


• Oligocene of United States (4: Nebraska, Wyoming collections)

• Eocene to Oligocene of United States (1: Nebraska)

• Eocene of United States (4: Colorado, Nebraska)

Total: 9 collections each including a single occurrence

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