Galapagos Species Checklist

Chelonoidis elephantopus (Harlan, 1827)

Tortuga Gigante de Floreana, Floreana Galapagos Tortoise










Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Chelonoidis nigra (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824), Geochelone elephantopus (Harlan, 1827), Testudo nigra Quoy & Gaimard, 1824, Testudo galapagoensis Baur, 1889, Testudo elephantopus galapagoensis Mertens & Wermuth, 1955, Chelonoidis galapagoensis Bour, 1980, Geochelone nigra nigra (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824), Geochelone galapagoensis Márquez, 2004. Le et al. (2006) demonstrate that the genus Geochelone is polyphyletic and that the Galapagos Giant Tortoises are better treated as the monophyletic genus Chelonoidis; According to Márquez et al. (2004) and Poulakakis et al. (2008) the Geochelone taxa from Galapagos are genetically distinct and therefore treated as species and not as subspecies of Geochelone nigra.




Distribution map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database.

Distribution: Restricted to Floreana Island.


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