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.


Conservation Status


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.


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