Gopherus morafkai

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Gopherus morafkai


Taxonavigation: Testudinoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Cladus: Archelosauria
Division: Pan-Testudines
Division: Testudinata
Ordo: Testudines
Subordo: Cryptodira
Superfamilia: Testudinoidea

Familia: Testudinidae
Genus: Gopherus
Species: Gopherus morafkai


Gopherus morafkai Murphy et al., 2011 ZooBank

Holotype: CAS (California Academy of Sciences) 33867; juvenile; collected on 9 July 1912 by H. Brown and preserved in ethanol.
Type locality: Tucson (approximate location 32°7'N, 110°56'W, elevation 948 m), Pima County, Arizona, U.S.A.
Etymology: The species is a patronym for the late Professor David Joseph Morafka in recognition of his many contributions to the biology and conservation of the species of Gopherus.


  • Xerobates agassizii Cooper 1861 (partim)
  • Testudo agassizii (Cooper 1861) (partim). Generic reassignment by Cope (1875)
  • Gopherus agassizii (Cooper 1861) (partim). Generic reassignment by Stejneger (1893)
  • Scaptochelys agassizii (Cooper 1861) (partim). Generic reassignment by Bramble (1982)
  • Xerobates lepidocephalus Ottley et Velázques Solis 1989. In error by Crumly and Grismer (1994)


Primary references[edit]

  • Murphy, R.W., Berry, K.H., Edwards, T., Leviton, A.E., Lathrop, A. & Riedle, J.D. 2011. The dazed and confused identity of Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii (Testudines, Testudinidae) with the description of a new species, and its consequences for conservation. ZooKeys 113: 39–71. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.113.1353Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Sonoran Desert tortoise, Morafka’s desert tortoise