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Malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise)

Synonyms: Malocochersus tornieri; Testudo loveridgii; Testudo tornieri

Wikipedia Abstract

The pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) is a flat-shelled tortoise native to Tanzania and Kenya. Its name is derived from the flat shape of its shell. It is the only member of the genus Malacochersus.
View Wikipedia Record: Malacochersus tornieri

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Malacochersus tornieri


Maximum Longevity [1]  26 years


Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia (Chansa & Wagner 2006) Terra typica: "bei Bussia [=Busisi] am Victoria Nyanza. . .," Tanzania.;

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
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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License