The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Hesperotestudo sp. nov. 'El Salvador'

Mesoamerican giant tortoise



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: Late Pleistocene



El Salvador


Biology & Ecology










Cisneros, J. C. (2005). New Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from El Salvador. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia 8(3): 239-255.

Turtle Extinctions Working Group et al. (2015). Turtles and Tortoises of the World During the Rise and Global Spread of Humanity: First Checklist and Review of Extinct Pleistocene and Holocene Chelonians. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5: 1-66.

Webb, D. S. and Perrigo, S. (1984). Late Cenozoic vertebrates from Honduras and El Salvador. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 4: 237-254.


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