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Gopherus depressus

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

Taxonomy
Gopherus depressus was named by Brattstrom (1961). Its type specimen is LACM-CIT 498/5133, a shell (entire shell), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Cache Peak (LACM(CIT) 498), which is in a Hemingfordian/Barstovian terrestrial horizon in the Bopesta Formation of California.

It was synonymized subjectively with Scaptochelys mohavense by Bramble (1982); it was synonymized subjectively with Gopherus mohavetus by Reynoso and Montellano-Ballesteros (2004).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1961Gopherus depressus Brattstrom p. 548
1965Gopherus dehiscus Des Lauriers
1982Geochelone dehiscus Bramble p. 854
2018Gopherus depressus Vlachos

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
RankNameAuthor
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
Testudinata(Oppel 1811)
orderTestudinesBatsch 1788
suborderCryptodira
Pantestudinoidea
superfamilyTestudinoidea
Pantestudinidae
familyTestudinidaeBatsch 1788
genusGopherusRafinesque 1832
speciesdepressus

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
E. Vlachos 2018Gopherus depressus can be diagnosed as a member of Gopherus based on the full list of characters provided above. Gopherus depressus differs from Gopherus hexagonatus in its smaller size and fully differentiated neural series, from Gopherus mohavensis in the narrower cervical, neural VI with short anterolateral sides, shorter pectorals medially, contact between the inguinals and femorals, and Gopherus edae in the narrower vertebrals and the contact between the inguinal and femoral scute.