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Homopus femoralis

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Homopus femoralis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Reptilia
Subclassis: Anapsida
Ordo: Testudines
Subordo: Cryptodira
Superfamilia: Testudinoidea
Familia: Testudinidae
Genus: Homopus
Species: Homopus femoralis


Homopus femoralis (Boulenger, 1888)

The Karoo cape tortoise or Karoo padloper (Homopus femoralis) is a tiny tortoise of the Homopus genus, endemic to the Karoo region of South Africa.

This is the largest of the padloper tortoises, but it is nonetheless tiny, averaging slightly over 10cm in length. Like its close relative, the beaked cape tortoise, it has only four toes on its front feet. Its shell ranges in colour from olive to red, and is slightly flattened.
Its habitat is restricted to rocky areas of the Great Karoo roughly from Pearston and Wolwefontein in the east to Sutherland and Carnarvon in the west.

Little studied, it is not recognized in the IUCN database, although it appears in ITIS and other databases.

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