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Cylindraspis vosmaeri (Suckow)

Saddle-backed Rodrigues Giant Tortoise (Cylindraspis vosmaeri)

The Saddle-backed Rodrigues Giant Tortoise was endemic to the island of Rodrigues, Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean.

The species was heavily hunted by the European settlers in the 16th century for its meat and was finally wiped out at the end of the 18th century.


Depiction from: Joannis Davidis Schoepff: Historia testudinum iconibus illustrata. Erlangae: J. J. Palm 1792-1801

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edited: 19.01.2020