Chelonoidis wallacei (Rothschild, 1902)

Wallace's giant tortoise (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Testudo wallacei Rothschild, 1902; Geochelone nigra/niger wallacei (Rothschild, 1902)


Conservation Status

Extinct or invalid



Rábida Island, Galápagos, Ecuador


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Rothschild, Walter. (1902). Description of a new species of gigantic land tortoise from the Galápagos Islands. Novitates Zoologicae 9: 619.


Other references:

MacFarland, Craig G., Villa, José and Toro, Basilio. (1974). The Galápagos giant tortoises (Geochelone elephantopus) part II: conservation methods. Biological Conservation 6(2): 198-212.

Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin,H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour. (2014). Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5.

Steadman, David W., Stafford, Thomas W. Jnr., Donahue, Douglas J. and Jull, A. J. Timothy. (1991). Chronology of Holocene vertebrate extinction in the Galápagos Islands. Quaternary Research 36(1): 126-133.

Van Denburgh, J. (1914). The gigantic land tortoises of the Galapagos archipelago. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 42(1): 203-374.


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