Gopherus laticaudatus (Cope, 1893:75)

Broad-tailed gopher tortoise



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Testudo laticaudata Cope, 1893:75; Testudo hexagonata Cope, 1893:77; Gopherus hexagonata Cope, 1893:77


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Texas, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Cope, Edward Drinker. (1893). A preliminary report on the vertebrate paleontology of the Llano Estacado. Annual Reports of the Geological Survey of Texas 4: 1-136.


Other references:

Auffenberg, W. (1974). Checklist of fossil land tortoises (Testudinidae). Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 18: 121-251.

Preston, R. E. (1979). Late Pleistocene cold-blooded vertebrate faunas from the mid-Continental United States. I. Reptilia, Testudines, Crocodilia. University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, Papers on Paleontology, No. 19, 53 pp.

Reynoso, V.-H. and Montellano-Ballesteros, M. (2004). A new giant turtle of the genus Gopherus (Chelonia: Testudinidae) from the Pleistocene of Tamaulipas, México, and a review of the phylogeny and biogeography of gopher tortoises. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24(4): 822-837.

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.


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