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Taxonomy of the family Testudinidae
Bibliography of the genus Chersobius
Biodiversity of the family Testudinidae








Genus
Chersobius

Five-toed Dwarf Tortoises

Fünfzehen-Flachschildkröten

Femtåede Dværglandskildpadder

1835 Chersobius Fitzinger (type species: Testudo signata Gmelin in Linnaeus 1789)
1931 Pseudomopus Hewitt (type species: Testudo signata Gmelin in Linnaeus 1789; syn. Hofmeyr, Vamberger, Branch, Schleicher & Daniels 2017)

Contents: 3 species, all of which are endemic.
Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of Homopus (e.g., Branch 1998). Revalidated as a separate genus by Hofmeyr, Vamberger, Branch, Schleicher & Daniels (2017).
Distribution: Namibia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape).

Chersobius boulengeri

Karroo Padloper, Donner-weer, (Boulenger's Cape Tortoise, Boulenger's Padloper)

Boulengers Flachschildkröte

Karoo-dværglandskildpadde

1906 Homopus boulengeri Duerden
Pseudomopus boulengeri Mertens, Müller & Rust 1934
Chersobius boulengeri Rose 1950
Pseudhomopus boulengeri FitzSimons 1950

Remarks: Namibian records refer to solus (Branch 2007).
Distribution: South Africa (Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape).


Chersobius signatus

Speckled Padloper, Speckled Cape Tortoise, Speckled Tortoise

Gesägte Flachschildkröte

Spættet Dværglandskildpadde

1789 Testudo signata Gmelin in Linnaeus
Chersine signata Merrem 1820
Homopus signatus Duméril & Bibron 1835
Pseudomopus signatus Hewitt 1931
Chersobius signatus Hewitt 1937
1801 Testudo cafra Daudin
Homopus signatus cafra Bour 1988
1831 Testudo juvencella Daudin in Gray (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1935 Pseudomopus signatus peersi Hewitt (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Homopus signatus peersi Mertens & Wermuth 1955
Chersobius peersi Archer 1968

Other common names:
cafer: Southern Speckled Cape Tortoise
signatus: Northern Speckled Cape Tortoise
Remarks: Although included in the fauna of Namibia by several sources (e.g., Mertens 1971; Branch 1998; Fritz & Havas 2006), presence in the country is regarded as doubtful (Griffin 2003).
Distribution: South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).


Chersobius solus

Nama Padloper

Namibia-Flachschildkröte

Namibiansk Dværglandskildpadde

2007 Homopus solus Branch
Chersobius solus Hofmeyr, Vamberger, Branch, Schleicher & Daniels 2017

Remarks: For some time, the Nama Padloper was referred to as Homopus bergeri, until that name was shown to be a synonym of Psammobates tentorius verroxii (Branch 2007).
Distribution: Namibia.