Meiolania mackayi Anderson, 1925:239

Walpole Island horned turtle, Walpole giant horned turtle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene or Holocene?



Walpole Island, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Anderson, C. (1925). Notes on the extinct chelonian Meiolania, with a record of a new occurrence. Records of the Australian Museum 14(4): 223-242.


Other references:

Gaffney, Eugene S. (1981). A review of the fossil turtles of Australia. American Museum Novitates 2720: 1-38.

Mittermeier, Russell A. (1972). Zoogeography of Fossil and Living Turtles. Australian Natural History 17(8): 265-269.

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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