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Monachelys monensis (Williams, 1952:547)

Mona tortoise

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Testudo monensis Williams, 1952:547 (original combination); Geochelone monesis (Williams, 1952:547)

 

Conservation Status

Last record: c. 1050 BC

 

Distribution

Mona Island, Puerto Rico

 

Biology

 

 

Hypodigm

Holotype: AMNH 1969 (Williams, 1952:547)

Type locality: "Lirio Cave, Mona Island, West Indies"

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Williams, Ernest. (1952). A new fossil tortoise from Mona Island, West Indies, and a tentative arrangement of the tortoises of the world. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (New York) 99(9): 541-560.

 

Other references:

Anthony, H.E. (1926). Field notes of the 1926 expedition to Mona and other West Indian Islands. Unpublished manuscript, American Museum of Natural History, New York. [relevant citation?]

Auffenberg, Walter. (1967). Notes on West Indian tortoises. Herpetologica 23: 34-44.

Auffenberg, Walter. (1974). Checklist of fossil tortoises (Testudinidae). Bull. Florida State Mus. 18: 121-251.

Goodwin, G. (1926). Field notes of 1926 trip to Mona Island, 28 February to 13 March. Unpublished manuscript, American Museum of Natural History, New York. [relevant citation?]

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.

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/11245/geochelone-monachelys-monesis

 

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