Meiolania sp. nov. 'New Caledonia'

New Caledonia giant horned turtle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Meiolaniidae sp. [New Caledonia] (TEWG et al., 2015:23)


Possibly a distinct species from M. platyceps, but there is insufficient sub-fossil material to study (Gaffney et al., 1984).


Conservation Status

Extinct if valid

Last record: c. 531 AD



New Caledonia (including Tiga Island)


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Gaffney, E. S., Balouet, J. C. and de Froin, F. (1984). New occurrences of extinct meiolaniid turtles in New Caledonia. American Museum Novitates 2800: 1-6.

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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