Gopherus evgoodei EDWARDS, KARL, VAUGHN, ROSEN, MELÉNDEZ-TORRES & MURPHY, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gopherus evgoodei?
|Higher Taxa||Testudinidae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise|
|Synonym||Gopherus evgoodei EDWARDS, KARL, VAUGHN, ROSEN, MELÉNDEZ-TORRES & MURPHY 2016|
Xerobates agassizii COOPER 1861 (partim)
Gopherus agassizii — STEJNEGER 1893 (partim)
Scaptochelys agassizii — BRAMBLE 1982 (partim)
Xerobates lepidocephalus — OTTLEY & VELÁZQUES-SOLIS 1989 (in error)
Xerobates lepidocephalus — CRUMLY & GRISMER 1994 (in error)
Gopherus morafkai — MURPHY et al. 2011 (partim)
Type locality: Alamos (approximate location 27°02'N, 108°55'W, elevation 433 m), Sonora, Mexico
|Types||Holotype. AMNH (American Museum of Natural History) R64160; adult male, collected on 27 August–2 September 1942 by Charles M. Bogert and preserved in ethanol (Figs 6–14).|
Paratypes. AMNH R64157, an adult male; AMNH R64158, an adult female; and ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) 53301 (formerly AMNH R64159), an adult female; all with same collecting data as the holotype and all preserved in ethanol.
|Comment||Distribution: see map in Murphy et al. 2016: 133.|
Hybridization: Gopherus evgoodei hybridizes with G. morafkai in C Sonora.
|Etymology||The new species is a patronym, a noun in the genitive case, in rec- ognition of Eric V. Goode, a conservationist, naturalist, and founder of the Turtle Conservancy. He has contributed generously to the conservation of this species via the preservation of land in Mexico, and he actively pursues the conservation of turtles and tortoises on a global scale. Eric sets an important precedent by complementing this taxonomic description with a tangible action that contributes to the conservation of the new species in its native habitat.|