Psammobates
Geometric tortoise
(Psammobates geometricus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Psammobates
Fitzinger, 1835[1]

Psammobates is a genus of tortoise erected by Leopold Fitzinger in 1835. This genus contains three species, all of which are indigenous to southern Africa.[2]

The genus name means "sand-loving", and these tortoises typically inhabit the arid and semi-arid areas of southern Africa. Their diets and adaptations for this environment mean that these species do not generally survive outside their habitats and soon die when kept in captivity.

All three species suffer from illegal collecting and habitat destruction, but the geometric tortoise has historically been the worst affected and is now endangered.

Species

Distribution map of the three Psammobates species in southern Africa
Distribution map of the three Psammobates species in southern Africa

References

  1. ^ [1] Retrieved December 13, 2014 from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System on-line database (ITIS) (https://www.itis.gov)
  2. ^ JCVI.org (Retrieved February 24, 2010.)