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Notes on morphological anomalies observed in specimens of Testudo hermanni boettgeri Gmelin, 1789 (Reptilia: Chelonia: Testudinidae) from Southern Dobrudja, Romania

Author(s): Tibor SOS | Szilárd DARÓCZI | Robert ZEITZ | Liviu PÂRÂU

Journal: North-Western Journal of Zoology
ISSN 1584-9074

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 154;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Testudo hermanni boettgeri | T. graeca ibera | mixed morphological characters | Canaraua Fetii Forest | Dobrudja | Romania

Two tortoises with mixed characters between Testudo hermanni boettgeri and T. graeca ibera were discovered during a trip in “Canaraua Fetii Forest” Mixed Nature Reserve (southern Dobrudja, Romania). A hybridization event was suspected. According to external qualitative morphological characters, our preliminary results suggest two morphologically anomalous T. h. boettgeri. The two specimens displayed mostly typical T. h. boettgeri morphological characters, but also anomalous characters, which are typical for T. g. ibera (e.g. the existence of horny spurs on the internal part of the thigh).
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