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Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) equicomes Hay 1917 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 121687

Alternative combination: Testudo equicomes

Full reference: O. P. Hay. 1917. On a collection of fossil vertebrates made by Dr. F W Cragin in the Equus beds of Kansas. The Kansas University Science Bulletin 10(4):39-51

Belongs to Testudinidae according to E. Vlachos 2018

Sister taxa: Achilemys, Agrionemys, Aldabrachelys, Anhuichelys, Astrochelys, Cachuga, Caryoderma, Centrochelys, Cheirogaster, Chelone, Chelonoidis, Chelys patagonica, Chersina, Cylindraspis, Damonia, Dipsochelys, Emys sombrerensis, Ergilemys, Eurotestudo, Floridemys, Floridemys hurdi, Fontainechelon, Geochelone, Geochelone (Chelonoidis), Gigantochersina, Gopherus, Gopherus praecedens, Hesperotestudo, Homopus, Impregnochelys, Indotestudo, Juvemys, Kansuchelys, Kinixys, Malacochersus, Manouria, Megalochelys, Mesochersus, Miotestudo, Namibchersus, Nicoria, Palaeoemys, Paleotestudo, Pelorochelon, Psammobates, Pyxis, Sinohadrianus, Stigmochelys, Stylemys, Stylemys calaverensis, Taraschelon, Testudininae, Testudininei, Testudinites sellovii, Testudo, Testudo annae, Testudo atascosae, Testudo castrensis, Testudo cultrata, Testudo exornata, Testudo formosa, Testudo francisi, Testudo hayi, Testudo klettiana, Testudo laticaudata, Testudo louisekressmani, Testudo luciae, Testudo ocalana, Testudo paranensis, Testudo peragrans, Testudo quadratus, Testudo undata, Titanochelon

Type specimen: USNM 10944 (holotype, a partial shell (right epiplastron and right hypoplastron). Its type locality is Cragin Quarry General (Cragin collection), which is in an Irvingtonian terrestrial gravel in the Meade Formation of Kansas.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore