?Meiolania sp. nov. 'Viti Levu'

Viti Levu giant horned turtle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Meiolaniidae, gen. et sp. indet. (Worthy et al. 1999)


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Viti Levu, Fiji


Biology & Ecology










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.

White, A. W. et al. (2010). Megafaunal meiolaniid horned turtles survived until early human settlement in Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) 107(41): 15512-15516.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Anderson, Atholl. (2009). Results of palaeofaunal research, pp. 41-62. In: Clark, Geoffrey Richard and Anderson, Atoll (eds.). The Early Prehistory of Fiji. Terra Australis 31. Canberra: ANU E Press. 437 pp.

Worthy, Trevor H., Anderson, Atholl J. and Molnar, Ralph E. (1999). Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals – the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 79(2): 237-242.


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