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Astrochelys yniphora (Madagascan (Plowshare) Tortoise)

Synonyms: Angonoka yniphora; Asterochelys yniphora; Geochelone yniphora; Testudo hyniphora; Testudo yniphora

Wikipedia Abstract

The angonoka tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) is a critically endangered species of tortoise endemic to Madagascar. It is also known as the angonoka, ploughshare tortoise, Madagascar tortoise, or Madagascar angulated tortoise.
View Wikipedia Record: Astrochelys yniphora

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Astrochelys yniphora


Diet [1]  Herbivore, Coprophage
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Top 100 Endangered [2]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Madagascar dry deciduous forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Baly Bay National Park Madagascar  

Biodiversity Hotspots

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

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Honolulu Zoo
Nogeyama Zoological Gardens Yokohama
Singapore Zoological Gardens

Range Map


NW Madagascar (small area about Baly Bay) Terra typica: grande Comore. . ." (in error); designated by Bour 1978 as "cap d'Amparafaka (Baie de Baly), nord-ouest de Madagascar".;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
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
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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