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Gopherus auffenbergi

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

Taxonomy
Gopherus auffenbergi was named by Mooser (1972). Its type specimen is FC 500 (temporary number), a partial skeleton, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Cedazo, which is in an Irvingtonian terrestrial horizon in the Tacubaya Formation of Mexico.

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

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1972Gopherus auffenbergi Mooser
1980Gopherus pargensis Mooser
2018Gopherus auffenbergi 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
speciesauffenbergi

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 auffenbergi can be diagnosed as a member of Gopherus based on the characters mentioned above. Gopherus auffenbergi differs from other Gopherus in the short costals III, V, and VII that allow a medial contact of the costals II, IV, and VI and the absence of gular covering of the entoplastron.