The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


?Meiolania sp. nov. 'Viti Levu'

Viti Levu giant horned turtle

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Meiolaniidae, gen. et sp. indet. (Worthy et al. 1999)

 

Conservation Status

Last record: Late Pleistocene

 

Distribution

Viti Levu, Fiji

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

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.

White, A. W. et al. (2010). Megafaunal meiolaniid horned turtles survived until early human settlement in Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) 107(41): 15512-15516.

Worthy, Trevor H., Anderson, Atholl J. and Molnar, Ralph E. (1999). Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals – the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 79(2): 237-242.

 

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