Chelonoidis phantasticus (VAN DENBURGH, 1907)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Chelonoidis phantasticus?
|Higher Taxa||Testudinidae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||E: Narborough Island Giant Tortoise|
|Synonym||Testudo phantasticus VAN DENBURGH 1907: 4|
Geochelone nigra phantastica — IVERSON 1992: 250
Chelonoidis phantastica — RHODIN et al. 2010
Chelonoidis phantastica — TTWG 2014: 395
Chelonoidis phantasticus — TTWG 2017: 130
|Distribution||Ecuador: Galapagos (Narborough = Fernandina)|
Type locality: Narborough Island [= Fernandina].
|Types||Holotype: CAS 8101|
|Comment||Conservation: Chelonoidis phantastica has been extinct since ca. 1960 (RHODIN et al. 2010), but apparently re-discovered in 2018 by the Galapagos Parks authority and the Galapagos Conservancy group, as was announced in a tweet by Marcelo Mata in Feb 2019 (see link to globo.com).|
Taxonomy: This is a member of the Chelonoidis nigra species complex, variably considered subspecies of C. nigra or as valid species. Rhodin et al. (2010) listed them separately but under the heading “C. nigra species complex”. Probably needs to be called C. phantasticus following Olson & David 2014.