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Gopherus mohavensis

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

Taxonomy
Testudo mohavense was named by Merriam (1919). Its type specimen is UCMP 21575, a shell, and it is a 3D body fossil.

It was recombined as Gopherus mohavense by Brattstrom (1961); it was recombined as Scaptochelys mohavense by Bramble (1982); it was recombined as Gopherus mohavetus by Reynoso and Montellano-Ballesteros (2004); it was recombined as Gopherus mohavensis by Vlachos (2018).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1919Testudo mohavense Merriam
1961Gopherus mohavense Brattstrom p. 547
1982Scaptochelys mohavense Bramble p. 854
2004Gopherus mohavetus Reynoso and Montellano-Ballesteros p. 824
2018Gopherus mohavensis 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
speciesmohavensis()

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 mohavensis can be diagnosed as a member of Gopherus based on the characters mentioned above. Gopherus mohavensis differs from all other Gopherus in the cervical that is much wider than long and the much wider neural IV. Gopherus mohavensis further differs from Gopherus hexagonatus and Gopherus brevisternus in the well-differentiated neural series.