Meiolania sp. nov. 'New Caledonia'

New Caledonia giant horned turtle

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Meiolaniidae sp. [New Caledonia] (TEWG et al. 2015:23)

 

Possibly a distinct species from M. platyceps, but there is insufficient sub-fossil material to study (Gaffney et al. 1984).

 

Conservation Status

Last record: c. 531 AD

 

Distribution

New Caledonia (including Tiga Island)

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Gaffney, E. S., Balouet, J. C. and de Froin, F. (1984). New occurrences of extinct meiolaniid turtles in New Caledonia. American Museum Novitates 2800: 1-6.

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/11250/meiolania-sp

 

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