Hesperotestudo orthopygia Cope 1878 (turtle)

Reptilia - Testudines - Pantestudinidae

Alternative combination: Xerobates orthopygius

Synonyms: Geochelone (Caudochelys) rexroadensis Oelrich 1952, Geochelone nordensis Holman 1973, Testudo cyclopygia Cope 1878, Testudo rexroadensis Oelrich 1952, Xerobates cyclopygius Cope 1878

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1878. Descriptions of new extinct Vertebrata from the Upper Tertiary and Dakota Formations. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories 4(2):379-396

Belongs to Hesperotestudo according to E. Vlachos 2018

See also Auffenberg 1962, Auffenberg 1963, Cope 1878, Estes and Tihen 1964, Hay 1902, Holman 1973, Holman and Sullivan 1981 and Williams 1953

Sister taxa: Eupachemys, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) angusticeps, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) orthopygia, Geochelone (Hesperotestudo) wilsoni, Hesperotestudo bermudae, Hesperotestudo crassiscutata, Hesperotestudo ducateli, Hesperotestudo gilbertii, Hesperotestudo osborniana, Hesperotestudo turgida, Hesperotestudo williamsi, Testudo tedwhitei

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore-herbivore


• Pliocene of United States (1: California collection)

• Miocene to Pliocene of United States (5: California)

• Miocene of United States (2: Nebraska)

Total: 8 collections each including a single occurrence

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