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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Testudinidae
Bibliography of the genus Centrochelys
Biodiversity of the family Testudinidae


African Spurred Tortoise



1872 Centrochelys Gray (type species: Testudo sulcata Miller 1779)

Contents: 1 species, which is not endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Geochelone. Revalidated as separate genus by Lapparent de Broin (2000), and although som authors have subsequently retained it as a synonym of Geochelone (e.g., Le, Raxworthy, McCord & Mertz 2006; Fritz & Havas 2006), most recent works have regarded it as a valid genus (e.g., Broadley 2012; Trape, Trape & Chirio 2012).
Distribution: As for the single species.

Centrochelys sulcata

African Spurred Tortoise, Giant African Spurred Tortoise, Grooved Tortoise



1779 Testudo sulcata Miller
Geochelone sulcata Fitzinger 1835
Peltastes? sulcatus Gray 1869
Centrochelys sulcatus Gray 1873
1784 Testudo calcarata Schneider [substitute name for Testudo sulcata Miller 1779] (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Chersine calcarata Merrem 1820
1831 Testudo radiata var. senegalensis Gray (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Geochelone senegalensis Fitzinger 1855

Remarks: Reports from Somalia and Yemen are presumably in error.
Extinct in: Djibouti, Western Sahara.
Introduced to: British Virgin Islands, Martinique, United Arab Emirates, USA (Florida).
Distribution: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan.

Centrochelys sulcata
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