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Aldabrachelys gigantea (Aldabra giant tortoise)

Synonyms: Aldabrachelys elephantina; Aldabrachelys gigantea gigantea; Dipsochelys dussumieri; Dipsochelys elephantina; Geochelone dussumieri; Geochelone gigantea; Megalochelys gigantea; Testudo daudinii; Testudo dussumieri; Testudo elephantina; Testudo gigantea; Testudo gigantea daudinii; Testudo gouffei; Testudo hololissa; Testudo indica; Testudo ponderosa; Testudo sumeirei

Infraspecies

Aldabrachelys gigantea arnoldi (Seychelles saddle-backed tortoise)
Aldabrachelys gigantea daudinii (Daudins Giant Tortoise)
Aldabrachelys gigantea gigantea
Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa (Seychelles giant tortoise)

Attributes

Maximum Longevity [1]  152 years

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Aldabra Island xeric scrub Seychelles Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands  

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aldabra Special Reserve 86487 Seychelles    

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Prey / Diet

Bacopa monnieri (herb of grace)[2]
Boerhavia elegans[2]
Bulbostylis basalis[3]
Cassia aldabrensis[2]
Celosia madagascariensis[2]
Colubrina asiatica (Asian Snakewood)[4]
Cyperus dubius[2]
Cyperus ligularis (Alabama swamp flatsedge)[2]
Cyperus niveus var. leucocephalus[2]
Dactyloctenium pilosum[3]
Diospyros egrettarum[5]
Eragrostis decumbens[3]
Euphorbia prostrata (prostrate sandmat)[2]
Euphorbia stoddartii[3]
Evolvulus alsinoides (slender dwarf morning-glory)[2]
Ficus reflexa[5]
Fimbristylis cymosa (tropical fimbry)[3]
Fimbristylis ferruginea (West Indian fimbry)[2]
Glinus oppositifolius[2]
Gouania scandens[4]
Guettarda speciosa (beach gardenia)[4]
Hedyotis prolifera[4]
Hypoestes aldabrensis[2]
Lepturus repens (Pacific Island thintail)[2]
Mystroxylon aethiopicum (Cape Cherry)[4]
Nesogenes prostrata[4]
Ochna ciliata[4]
Panicum aldabrense[3]
Phyllanthus maderaspatensis[3]
Pleurostelma cernuum[2]
Plumbago aphylla[2]
Pycreus pumilus[3]
Ruellia monanthos[2]
Scaevola sericea (beach naupaka)[4]
Sclerodactylon macrostachyum[2]
Sida parvifolia[3]
Solanum nigrum (Black or Garden Nightshade)[2]
Sporobolus testudinum[3]
Sporobolus virginicus (seashore dropseed)[6]
Tephrosia pumila (Indigo Sauvage)[3]
Terminalia boivinii[6]
Thespesia populnea (Portia tree)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Eulemur fulvus (brown lemur)1
Pteropus niger (greater mascarene flying fox)1
Pteropus seychellensis (Seychelles flying fox)1
Varecia variegata (ruffed lemur)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adelaide Zoo
Al Ain Zoo
Al Bustan Zoological Center
Albuquerque Biological Park
Alexandria Zoological Park
Artis Zoo
Audubon Zoo
Australia Zoo
Binder Park Zoo
Birmingham Zoo
Blackpool Zoo
Blank Park Zoo of Des Moines
Bosphorus Zoo (Bogaziçi Hayvanat
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Cameron Park Zoo
Cape May County Park Zoo
Center for Conserv. of Trop. Ungulates
Central Florida Zoological Park
Charles Paddock Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Dallas Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo
Dusit (Bangkok) Zoological Park
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Fort Worth Zoological Park
Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo
Granby Zoo / Zoo de Granby
Greenville Zoo
Guadalajara Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo
Honolulu Zoo
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
Kansas City Zoo
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Krakow Aquarium & Natural History Msm
Linton Zoological Gardens
Lion Country Safari Inc - Florida
Little Rock Zoological Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Louisville Zoological Garden
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn
Melbourne Zoo
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Mesker Park Zoo
Miami Metrozoo
Mitchell Park Zoo
Moscow Zoological Park
Museum of Science - Live Animal Center
Nagyerdei Kultúrpark KHT.
Nakhon Ratchasima Zool. Park
National Trust for Nature Conservation
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
NEW Zoo
Oakland Zoo
Ocean Park Corporation
Odense Zoologiske Have
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.
Ouwehand Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Parc Paradisio S.A.
Parc Zoologic de Barcelona
Parc Zoologique de La Palmyre
Parc Zoologique de Lille
Parco Natura Viva
Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park
Phoenix Zoo
Reid Park Zoo
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Rome Zoo-Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
Safari West
Saint Louis Zoological Park
Saitama Children's Zoo
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Sedgwick County Zoo
Silver Springs Park
Singapore Zoological Gardens
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Societa Zoologica Di Pistoia S.R.L
Taipei Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Taronga Zoo
Tautphaus Park Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
Tiergarten Heidelberg
Touroparc
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Turtle Back Zoo
Twycross Zoo
Tygerberg Zoopark
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Virginia Safari Park & Preserv Ctr,Inc
Virginia Zoological Park
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid (GRPR)
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Boise
Zoo Dresden GmbH
Zoo Duisburg AG
Zoo Krefeld GmbH
Zoo Osnabrück
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoo Zürich
Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan
Zoological Garden Prague
Zoologischer Garten Saarbruecken

Distribution

Aldabra Special Reserve; Aldabra Atoll (Indian Ocean, Grande Terre, Picard, Malabar), introduced on Curieuse and Fregate (granitic Seychelles). Small groups exist on Cerf, Moyenne, Silhouette, Cousin, Cousine, Bird and Denis in the central Seychelles, on several of the Amirantes,;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2The Growth, Ecology, and Population Structure of the Giant Tortoises on Aldabra, P. Grubb, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B, Vol. 260, 1971, pp. 327–372.
3VEGETATION OF ALDABRA, A REASSESSMENT, R.J. Hnatiuk and L.F.H. Merton, ATOLL RESEARCH BULLETIN NO. 239, THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1979
4Plant Dispersal by the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, Geochelone gigantea (Schweigger), S.H. Hnatiuk, Oecologia (Berl.) 36, 345-350 (1978)
5VERTEBRATE SEED DISPERSERS IN MAURITIUS: FRUIT TRAITS AND FRUIT TRAIT PREFERENCES, Gabor von Bethlenfalvy, Diploma thesis, University of Zurich, Switzerland
6Feeding Ecology and Seasonal Movements of Giant Tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, C.W.D. Gibson and J. Hamilton, Oecologia (Berlin) (1983) 56:84-92
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Ramsar Sites Information Service
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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