Hesperotestudo bermudae Meylan & Sterrer, 2000:54

Bermuda tortoise



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Pleistocene (Middle Pleistocene?)



Bermuda Island


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Meylan, Peter A. and Sterrer, W. (2000). Hesperotestudo (Testudines: Testudinidae) from the Pleistocene of Bermuda, with comments on the phylogenetic position of the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 128(1): 51-76.


Other references:

Olson, Storrs L., Hearty, P. J. and Pregill, G. K. (2006). Geological constraints on evolution and survival in endemic reptiles on Bermuda. J. Herpetol. 40: 394-398.

Olson, Storrs L. and Meylan, Peter A. (2009). A Second Specimen of the Pleistocene Bermuda Tortoise, Hesperotestudo bermudae Meylan and Sterrer. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 8(2): 211-212. [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.


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