Hesperotestudo crassiscutata Leidy 1889 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pantestudinidae

Alternative combinations: Geochelone (Caudochelys) crassiscutata, Geochelone crassiscutata, Testudo crassiscutata

Synonyms: Geochelone sellardsi Hay 1916, Testudo (Hesperotestudo) sellardsi Hay 1916, Testudo sellardsi Hay 1916

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1889. Description of vertebrate remains from Peace Creek, Florida. Transactions of the Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia 2:19-31

Belongs to Hesperotestudo according to E. Vlachos 2018

See also Auffenberg 1963, Cisneros 2005, Hay 1902, Hay 1916, Holman 1985, Ray 1957 and Williams 1953

Sister taxa: Eupachemys, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) angusticeps, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) orthopygia, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) wilsoni, Hesperotestudo bermudae, Hesperotestudo ducateli, Hesperotestudo gilbertii, Hesperotestudo orthopygia, Hesperotestudo osborniana, Hesperotestudo turgida, Hesperotestudo williamsi, Testudo tedwhitei

Type specimens:

  • Hesperotestudo crassiscutata: USNM 983, a partial skeleton (partial plastron, left femur, and left tibia). Its type locality is Pitts Bridge, which is in a Pleistocene fluvial-lacustrine sandstone in Texas.
  • Testudo sellardsi: USNM 8817 (holotype), a partial shell (left xiphiplastron). Its type locality is Vero, which is in a Pleistocene channel sandstone/sandstone in Florida.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of El Salvador (1 collection), United States (13: Florida, Mississippi, Texas)

• Miocene of United States (1: Texas)

Total: 15 collections each including a single occurrence

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