Gopherus agassizii

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Murphy R, Berry K, Edwards T, Leviton A, Lathrop A, Riedle J (2011) The dazed and confused identity of Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii (Testudines, Testudinidae) with the description of a new species, and its consequences for conservation. ZooKeys 113 : 39–71, doi. Versioned wiki page: 2011-06-28, version 12115, https://species-id.net/w/index.php?title=Gopherus_agassizii&oldid=12115 , contributors (alphabetical order): Pensoft Publishers.

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@article{Murphy2011ZooKeys113,
author = {Murphy, Robert W. AND Berry, Kristin H. AND Edwards, Taylor AND Leviton, Alan E. AND Lathrop, Amy AND Riedle, J. Daren},
journal = {ZooKeys},
publisher = {Pensoft Publishers},
title = {The dazed and confused identity of Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii (Testudines, Testudinidae) with the description of a new species, and its consequences for conservation},
year = {2011},
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pages = {39--71},
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Taxonavigation

Ordo: Testudines
Familia: Testudinidae
Genus: Gopherus

Name

Gopherus agassizii (Cooper, 1861)Wikispecies linkZooBank linkagassizii Pensoft Profile

Lectotype

USNM (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution) 7888; terra typica restricta: California, San Bernardino County; Mountains of California, near Fort Mojave; Soda Valley (very approximately 35°6'N, 116°6'W). We restrict the type locality to that published by Cooper (1861)[1] and the parchment tag associated with the specimen. References to other localities, including Solado Valley, an apparent synonym of Soda Valley, should be considered to be in error.
The evolutionary species concept (Simpson 1961[2]; Wiley 1978[3]) suggests that the Sonoran population of the desert tortoise should be recognized as a new taxon. Frost and Hillis (1990)[4] effectively argue that subspecies should not be recognized for continuously distributed species; we agree. Given these two observations, at least two species of desert tortoise should be recognized. The DNA sequence data exclude application of the available name Gopherus lepidocephalus for the Sonoran Desert population of Gopherus that occurs west and south of the Colorado River and they confirm that the lectotype of Gopherus agassizii is from the Mojave Desert, and not Arizona. Because no names are available for the tortoise population occurring in the Sonoran Desert south and east of the Colorado River, we describe it as a new species.

Taxon Treatment

  • Murphy, R; Berry, K; Edwards, T; Leviton, A; Lathrop, A; Riedle, J; 2011: The dazed and confused identity of Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii (Testudines, Testudinidae) with the description of a new species, and its consequences for conservation ZooKeys, 113: 39-71. doi

Other References

  1. Cooper J (1861) New Californian animals. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (ser. 1) 2:118-123.
  2. Simpson G (1961) Principles of Animal Taxonomy. Columbia University Press, New York.
  3. Wiley E (1978) The evolutionary species concept reconsidered. Systematic Biology 27: 17–26.
  4. Frost D, Hillis D (1990) Species in concept and practice: herpetological applications. Herpetologica 46:87-104.

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