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Chersobius boulengeri (DUERDEN, 1906)

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Higher TaxaTestudinidae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Donner-weer Tortoise 
SynonymHomopus boulengeri DUERDEN 1906
Pseudomopus boulengeri — HEWITT 1931: 502
Homopus boulengeri — BOUR 1980
Homopus boulengeri — VALVERDE 2005
Homopus boulengeri — TTWG 2014
Homopus boulengeri — BATES et al. 2015: 73
Chersobius boulengeri — HOFMEYR et al. 2016
Chersobius boulengeri — TTWG 2021 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Karroo Plain of Cape Province, South Africa), Namibia ?

Type locality: "South Africa - Districts of Willowmore, Aberdeen, and Beaufort West".  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.23.4; formerly BMNH 1906.6.21.1 (Possibly NOT a type, see Branch/Campbell correspondence 30.8.2018; “... a specimen in the PEM (previously Albany Museum) that is labelled as a syntype, and which conforms to the only specimen illustrated in the type description....”) 
EtymologyNamed after George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937), herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History, London. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bonin, F., Devaux, B. & Dupré, A. 2006. Turtles of the World. English translation by P.C.H. Pritchard. Johns Hopkins University Press, 416 pp.
  • Bour,R. 1980. Essai sur la taxinomie des Testudinidae actuels (Reptilia, Chelonii). Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris (4) 2 (2): 541-546
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Duerden, J.E. 1906. South African tortoises of the genus Homopus, with description of a new species. Records of the Albany Museum 1: 405-411 - get paper here
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Greig, J.C., and P.D. Burdett. 1976. Patterns in the distributions of Southern African terrestrial tortoises (Cryptodira: Testudinidae). Zool. Africana 11(2): 250-267.
  • Haagner, G. V. 1990. Life History Note: Homopus boulengeri: Egg Size. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (37): 51-51 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1931. Descriptions of some African tortoises. Annals of the Natal Museum Pietermaritzburg. 6: 461-506.
  • Hofmeyr, Margaretha D. & William R. Branch 2018. The padloper’s tortuous path (Chelonia: Testudinidae): Two genera, not one. African Journal of Herpetology 67 (2): 99-112 - get paper here
  • Hofmeyr, Margaretha D.; Melita Vamberger, William Branch, Alfred Schleicher and Savel R. Daniels 2016. Tortoise (Reptilia, Testudinidae) radiations in Southern Africa from the Eocene to the present. Zoologica Scripta 46: 389–400, DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12223 [Record online: 18 NOV 2016] - get paper here
  • Lafleur, Y. et al. 1999. CITES Identification Guide: Turtles and Tortoises. ISBN 957-02-5259-6
  • LOEHR, V. J. T. 2017. TESTUDINIDAE: Homopus boulengeri Duerden 1906 Karoo Padloper - REPRODUCTION. African Herp News (65): 17-19 - get paper here
  • LOEHR, V. T. 2018. Chersobius boulengeri (Duerden, 1906) REPRODUCTION. African Herp News (68): 37-38 - get paper here
  • LOEHR, VICTOR J.T. 2021. The Karoo dwarf tortoise (Chersobius boulengeri): field report on a vanishing species. Testudo 9(3): 17. - get paper here
  • Loehr, Victor J.T.; Toby Keswick, Merle A.D.E. Reijnders & Iris M. Zweers 2021. High-Level Inactivity Despite Favorable Environmental Conditions in the Rock-Dwelling Dwarf Tortoise Chersobius boulengeri. Herpetologica Sep 2021 Vol. 77, No. 3: 232-238 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, Arthur & Williams, Ernest E. 1957. Revision of the African Tortoises and Turtles of the Suborder Cryptodira. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 115 (6): 163-557 - get paper here
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
  • TTWG; Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P. 2021. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (9th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Stanford, C.B., Goode, E.V., Buhlmann, K.A., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Chelonian Research Monographs 8:1–472. doi:10.3854/crm.8.checklist.atlas.v9.2021. - get paper here
  • Valverde, J. 2005. African Tortoises. Reptilia (GB) (43): 12-20 - get paper here
  • Valverde, J. 2005. Afrikanische Landschildkröten. Reptilia (Münster) 10 (56): 18-25 - get paper here
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