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Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) turgida Cope 1892 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Testudinidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 121674

Alternative combinations: Gopherus turgida, Testudo turgida

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1892. A contribution to the vertebrate paleontology of Texas. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 30(137):123-131

Belongs to Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) according to W. Auffenberg 1963

Sister taxa: Eupachemys, Eupachemys obtusus, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) alleni, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) angusticeps, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) equicomes, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) impensa, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) incisa, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) johnstoni, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) kalganensis, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) niobrarensis, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) orthopygia, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) osborniana, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) percrassa, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) riggsi, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) wilsoni, Hesperotestudo brontops, Hesperotestudo crassiscutata, Testudo (Hesperotestudo) tumidus

Type specimen: ANSP 14689, a partial shell (complete plastron and fragmentary carapace). Its type locality is North of Dockum, which is in a Miocene/Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Texas.

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore

Average measurements (in mm): plastron 220.0 x 150.0