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Higher TaxaTestudinidae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesVolcan Wolf Giant Tortoise, Cape Berkeley Giant Tortoise 
SynonymTestudo becki ROTHSCHILD 1901: 372
Geochelone elephantopus becki — PRITCHARD 1967
Geochelone nigra becki — IVERSON 1992: 250
Chelonoidis nigra becki — DAVID 1994
Geochelone elephantopus becki — SWASH & STILL 2000
Geochelone becki — CISNEROS-HEREDIA 2006
Geochelone becki — POULAKAKIS et al. 2008
Chelonoidis becki — RHODIN et al. 2010
Chelonoidis becki — TTWG 2014: 394
Chelonoidis becki — TTWG 2017: 126 
DistributionEcuador: Galapagos (N Albemarle = Isabela Island)

Type locality: Cape Berkeley, northern point of Albemarle Island [= Isabela].  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1949.1.3.87 
CommentTaxonomy: This is a member of the Chelonoidis nigra species complex, variably considered as a subspecies of C. nigra or as valid species. TTWG 2014 listed them separately but under the heading “C. nigra species complex”.

Conservation: IUCN: Vulnerable D1+2 (1996), as Chelonoidis nigra

becki; CITES: Appendix I, as Chelonoidis nigra (RHODIN et al. 2010). 
EtymologyNamed after Rollo Howard Beck (1870-1950), a collector for the California Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History. He collected in the Galapagos (1897-1898), Alaska (1911), and New Guinea (1928). 
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