Gopherus edae Hay 1906 (gopher tortoise)

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

Alternative combination: Testudo edae

Synonyms: Gopherus hollandi Hay 1906, Gopherus pansa Hay 1908, Gopherus pansus Hay 1908, Gopherus vaga Hay 1908, Gopherus vagus Hay 1908, Testudo hollandi Hay 1906, Testudo pansa Hay 1908, Testudo vaga Hay 1908

Full reference: O. P. Hay. 1906. Descriptions of new species of turtles of the genus Testudo, collected from the Miocene by the Carnegie Museum; together with a description of the skull of Stylemys nebrascensis. Annals of Carnegie Museum 4:15-20

Belongs to Gopherus according to E. Vlachos 2018

See also Bramble 1982, Galbreath 1953, Hay 1906, Hay 1908, Hay 1930 and Reynoso and Montellano-Ballesteros 2004

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

Type specimens:

  • Gopherus edae: CM 1535 (holotype), a shell. Its type locality is Running Water Creek (few miles west of Agate), which is in a Harrisonian terrestrial horizon in the Harrison Formation of Nebraska.
  • Testudo hollandi: CM 1561 (holotype), a shell.
  • Testudo pansa: AMNH No. 5869, a partial skeleton (shell and pelvis). Its type locality is Pawnee Creek (B. Brown AMNH collection), which is in a Hemingfordian/Barstovian terrestrial horizon in the Pawnee Creek Formation of Colorado.
  • Testudo vaga: AMNH 1327 (holotype), a shell. Its type locality is Near Laramie Peak, which is in a Barstovian terrestrial horizon in the Deep River Formation of Wyoming.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore


• Miocene of United States (4: Colorado, Wyoming collections)

• Harrisonian of United States (1: Nebraska)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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