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Psammobates geometricus (Geometric Tortoise)

Synonyms: Peltastes geographicus; Testudo geometrica; Testudo strauchi; Testuod luteola

Wikipedia Abstract

The geometric tortoise is a critically endangered species of tortoise and one of three members of the genus, Psammobates. It is found in a very small section in the South-Western Cape of South Africa.
View Wikipedia Record: Psammobates geometricus

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Psammobates geometricus


Adult Weight [1]  1.153 lbs (523 g)
Female Weight [1]  367 grams
Male Weight [1]  1.499 lbs (680 g)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  85.3 %
Clutch Size [2]  3
Clutches / Year [2]  2
Maximum Longevity [2]  30 years
Top 100 Endangered [3]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Lowland fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Montane fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa Yes

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Lichtenburg Game Breeding Center


Republic of South Africa (Tulbagh, Paarl, and Malmesbury districts of Cape Province) Terra typica: Asia.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Turtles and Tortoises Demographic Traits Database for CITES Listed Species ver. 01, Species360 (2018)
3Baillie, 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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License