Chelonoidis marcanoi Turvey et al., 2017:4



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

The taxonomic status of C. marcanoi is disputed:

"Shortly after the publication of C. marcanoi, Albury et al. (2018) and Vlachos (2018) considered the species a nomen dubium because the elements used to erect it are morphologically similar and poorly diagnostic among species of Chelonoidis... More diagnostic elements collected from cave deposits in the southwest Dominican Republic indicate that C. marcanoi is a senior synonym of C. dominicensis."

(Viñola-López & Almonte, 2022:19,11)


Conservation Status

Extinct or invalid (nomen dubium)

Last record: Holocene





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Original scientific description:

Turvey, Samuel T. et al. (2017). A new species of extinct Late Quaternary giant tortoise from Hispaniola. Zootaxa 4277(1): 1-16.


Other references:

Albury, Nancy A., Franz, Richard, Rimoli, Renato, Lehman, Phillip and Rosenberger, Alfred L. (2018). Fossil Land Tortoises (Testudines: Testudinidae) from the Dominican Republic, West Indies, with a Description of a New Species. American Museum Novitates Number 3904: 1-28. [Abstract]

Franz, Richard and Woods, Charles A. (1983). A fossil tortoise from Hispaniola. Journal of Herpetology 17(1): 79-81. [Abstract]

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.

Viñola-Lopez, L. W. and Almonte, J. N. (2022). Revision of the fossil land tortoises (Testudines: testudinidae) from Hispaniola with the description of a new species. Novitates Caribaea 20: 11-29.

Vlachos, E. (2018). A review of the fossil record of North American turtles of the clade PanTestudinoidea. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 59(1): 3-95.

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