Chelonoidis sp. nov. 'Barbados'
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Geochelone sp. nov. 'Barbados'
There are two undescribed Chelonoidis sp. in the Bahams region, in addition to the recently described C. alburyorum (Franz & Franz, 2009). The material reported by (Auffenberg, 1967; Ray, 1964) may refer to any one of these three taxa. More diagnostic material from each island will allow us to better determine the distributions of these taxa.
Last record: Late Pleistocene
Biology & Ecology
Auffenberg, W. (1967). Notes on West Indian tortoises. Herpetologica 23(1): 34-44.
Franz, Richard and Franz, Shelley E. (2009). A new fossil land tortoise in the genus Chelonoidis (Testudines: Testudinidae) from the northern Bahamas, with an osteological assessment of other Neotropical tortoises. The Bulletin 49(1): 1-44. [Abstract]
Ray, C. E. (1964). A small assemblage of vertebrate fossils from Spring Bay, Barbados. J. Barbados Mus. Hist. Soc. 31: 11-22.