Chelonoidis donfaustoi POULAKAKIS, EDWARDS & CACCONE, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Chelonoidis donfaustoi?
|Higher Taxa||Testudinidae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)|
|Synonym||Chelonoidis donfaustoi POULAKAKIS, EDWARDS & CACCONE in POULAKAKIS et al. 2015|
Chelonoidis donfaustoi — TTWG 2017: 127
|Distribution||Ecuador (Galapagos Islands: E Santa Cruz Island)|
Type locality: “Cerro Fatal in Santa Cruz”
|Types||Holotype: UWZM (also as UWZS) 32700 (a skull)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. “The new species can be diagnosed by a combination of genetic, morphological, and geographic distribution evidence.” (POULAKAKIS et al. 2015).|
There are no diagnostic morphological characters that uniquely define the new species. However, “linear and geometric morphometric analyses reveal consistent differences in mean shell size and shape between tortoises from Reserva and Cerro Fatal. Tortoises from Reserva are larger in size and have a relatively larger carapace with higher anterior opening than the Cerro Fatal tortoises” (POULAKAKIS et al. 2015).
|Comment||This species has previously (and still is) considered as C. porteri.|
|Etymology||The new species is named in honor of Fausto Llerena Sánchez who devoted 43 years of service (1971–2014) to giant tortoise conservation as a park ranger within the Galapagos National Park Directorate. “Don Fausto” was the primary caretaker of endangered tortoises in captivity, one of the first to explore tortoise habitat throughout the archipelago, and was well known for his work ethic, commitment to tortoise conservation, and collegiality. Several tortoise lineages in Galapagos remain extant in large part due to Don Fausto’s dedication, ingenuity, and patience.|
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