Titanochelon Pérez-García and Vlachos 2014 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pantestudinidae

Titanochelon is a new genus created to included mainly the Neogene large testudinids from Europe, which were previously included in the genus Cheirogaster Bergounioux (1935)

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Full reference: A. Pérez-García and E. Vlachos. 2014. New generic proposal for the European Neogene large testudinids (Cryptodira) and the first phylogenetic hypothesis for the medium and large representatives of the European Cenozoic record. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172:653-719

Parent taxon: Testudinidae according to A. Pérez-García and E. Vlachos 2014

See also Pérez-García et al. 2017

Sister taxa: Achilemys, Agrionemys, Aldabrachelys, Anhuichelys, Astrochelys, Cachuga, Caryoderma, Centrochelys, Cheirogaster, Chelonoidis, Chelys patagonica, Chersina, Chersine, Cylindraspis, Damonia, Emys sombrerensis, Ergilemys, Floridemys, Floridemys hurdi, Fontainechelon, Geochelone, Geochelone (Chelonoidis), Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) equicomes, Gigantochersina, Gopherus, Gopherus praecedens, Hesperotestudo, Homopus, Impregnochelys, Indotestudo, Juvemys, Kansuchelys, Kinixys, Malacochersus, Manouria, Megalochelys, Mesochersus, Miotestudo, Namibchersus, Nicoria, Palaeoemys, Paleotestudo, Pelorochelon, Platysterninae, Protestudo, Psammobates, Pyxis, Sinohadrianus, Stigmochelys, Stylemys, Stylemys calaverensis, Taraschelon, Testudininae, Testudininei, Testudinites sellovii, Testudo, Testudo annae, Testudo atascosae, Testudo castrensis, Testudo cultrata, Testudo exornata, Testudo formosa, Testudo francisi, Testudo hayi, Testudo klettiana, Testudo laticaudata, Testudo louisekressmani, Testudo luciae, Testudo ocalana, Testudo paranensis, Testudo peragrans, Testudo quadratus, Testudo undata

Subtaxa: Testudo robusta Titanochelon bacharidisi Titanochelon bolivari Titanochelon gymnesica Titanochelon perpiniana Titanochelon schafferi Titanochelon vitodurana

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Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Greece (1 collection), Malta (2), Spain (2)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Spain (1)

• Pliocene of Bulgaria (1), France (3), Greece (5), Spain (1)

• Miocene of Germany (2), Greece (5), Portugal (4), Spain (21), Switzerland (2), Turkey (5)

Total: 55 collections including 57 occurrences

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