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Testudo graeca  Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Serial No.: 551865

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): Spur-thighed Tortoise [English]
    Moorish Tortoise [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderTestudines Batsch, 1788 – tortues, Turtles, Terrapins, Tortoises  
                            SuborderCryptodira Cope, 1868  
                               SuperfamilyTestudinoidea Fitzinger, 1826  
                                  FamilyTestudinidae Batsch, 1788 – Tortoises  
                                     GenusTestudo Linnaeus, 1758 – Palearctic Tortoises  
                                        SpeciesTestudo graeca Linnaeus, 1758 – Spur-thighed Tortoise, Moorish Tortoise  
    Direct Children:  
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca armeniaca Chkhikvadze and Bakradze, 1991 – Araxes Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca buxtoni Boulenger, 1921 – Buxton's Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca cyrenaica Pieh and Perälä, 2002 – Cyrenaican Spur-thighed Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca graeca Linnaeus, 1758 – Mediterranean Spur-thighed Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca ibera Pallas, 1814 – Asia Minor Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca marokkensis Pieh and Perälä, 2004 – Morocco Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca nabeulensis (Highfield, 1990) – Nabeul Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca soussensis Pieh, 2001 – Souss Valley Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca terrestris Forskål, 1775 – Mesopotamian Tortoise 
                                           Subspecies Testudo graeca zarudnyi Nikolsky, 1896 – Iranian Tortoise 

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Testudo graeca    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Iverson, John B.  
  Publication Date: 1992   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: A Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World   
  Page(s): xiii + 363   
  Publisher: Privately Printed   
  Publication Place: Richmond, Indiana   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-9617431-0-5   
  Reference for: Testudo graeca   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P. P., J. Iverson, A. Rhodin, H. Shaffer, and R. Bour]  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title: Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with maps, and Conservation Status   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Chelonian Research Monographs, no. 5, v. 7   
  Page(s): 329-479   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1088-7105   
  Notes: doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - Available online at   
  Reference for: Testudo graeca, Moorish Tortoise [English], Spur-thighed Tortoise [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)  



  Comment: IUCN: Vulnerable A1cd (1996). CITES: Appendix II, as Testudinidae spp.  



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