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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

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


Leopard Tortoise



1873 Stigmochelys Gray (type species: Testudo pardalis Bell 1828)
1933 Megachersine Hewitt (type species: Testudo pardalis Bell 1828; syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)

Contents: 1 species, which is not endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Testudo (e.g., Wermuth & Mertens 1977), and in Geochelone (e.g., Loveridge & Williams 1957; Pritchard 1979) or Psammobates (e.g., Le, Raxworthy, McCord & Mertz 2006). Regarded as a valid genus by Fritz & Havas (2006).
Distribution: As for the single species.

Stigmochelys pardalis

Leopard Tortoise, Mountain Tortoise



1828 Testudo pardalis Bell
Geochelone pardalis Fitzinger 1835
Megachersine pardalis Hewitt 1933
Stigmochelys pardalis Gerlach 2001
Centrochelys pardalis pardalis Vetter 2002
Psammobates pardalis Le, Raxworthy, McCord & Mertz 2006
1935 Testudo pardalis babcocki Loveridge
Geochelone pardalis babcocki Loveridge & Williams 1957
Geochelone babcocki Pritchard 1967
Centrochelys pardalis babcocki Vetter 2002
Stigmochelys pardalis babcocki Bour 2002

Other common names:
babcocki: Eastern Leopard Tortoise
pardalis: Western Leopard Tortoise
Introduced to: USA (Florida).
Distribution: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Northern Cape, Western Cape), South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Stigmochelys pardalis
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