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Род: Chersine = Клювогрудые черепахи
- Класс: Reptilia = Пресмыкающиеся
- Отряд: Testudines Fitzinger, 1836 = Черепахи
- Семейство: Testudinidae Gray, 1825 = Сухопутные черепахи
- Род: Chersine Merrem = Клювогрудые черепахи
- Вид: Chersina angulata (Schweigger 1812) = Клювогрудые черепахи
Род: Chersine Merrem = Клювогрудые черепахи
Монотипический: Chersina angulata (Schweigger 1812), Kцnigsberg. Arch. Naturwiss. Math. 1:321, 360, 443.
ORIGINAL NAME: Testudo angulata.
TYPE: Not designated, althou gh in his original description, Schweigger 1812, Kцnigsberg. Arch. Naturwiss. Math. 1:321, specifically noted that he examined two specimens in the Paris museum (? =MNHN). According to Crumly (personal communication), SMF 7857, a stuffed specimen received from MNHN, is not the specimen from which Schweigger provided measurements, but may be the second specimen, a syntype.
TYPE LOCALITY: "Patria ignota" (=country unknown).
DISTRIBUTION: Republic of South Africa and Namibia, from East London in Cape Province, west and north to the mouth of the Orange River, below 900 m. elevation.
COMMENT: Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams 1957, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 115:163-557, and Greig and Burdett 1976, Zool. Africana 11(2):250-267.
CONTRIBUTOR: C. Crumly.
STATUS: CITES: Appendix II. See Honegger 1980, In: Dollinger, CITES Ident. Manual 3: A-301.011.002.001:1-2.
GEOGRAPHIC CODE: ZA, NA.
COMMON NAME: Bowsprit tortoise, Angulated tortoise.
Angulate Tortoise Chersina angulata *
This was a common tortoise of the scrubby sand dunes in West Coast NP, a half-day's drive up the coast from Cape Town. We saw something like 30 (!) during our few hours; ma ny smaller ones were crossing the road or seen at the road's edge. Unfortunately this was the only species we saw alive, A dead Tent Tortoise Psammobates tentorius was on the road enroute to Brandvlei. About 30% of the world's tort oises occur in southern Africa, and 12 species are endemic to this region.