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Astrochelys radiata (Radiated Tortoise)


Wikipedia Abstract

The radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is a species in the family Testudinidae. Although this species is native to and most abundant in southern Madagascar, it can also be found in the rest of this island, and has been introduced to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. It is a very long-lived species, with recorded lifespans of at least 188 years. These tortoises are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, mainly because of the destruction of their habitat and because of poaching.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Astrochelys radiata


Maximum Longevity [1]  33 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Madagascar spiny thickets Madagascar Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Biodiversity Hotspots

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


Parasitized by 
Alaeuris dupuisi <Unverified Name>[2]
Alaeuris numidica <Unverified Name>[2]
Alaeuris quadrilabiatus <Unverified Name>[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Madagascar (Antandroy Territory in the south between the Mandrare and Menarandra waterways). Endemic. Terra typica: "Madagascar"; restricted by Bour 1978 to "Soalara (Baie de Saint-Augustin) sud-ouest de Madagascar".;

External References



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
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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