Probably needs to be called C. phantasticus following Olson & David 2014. Affiliation: Centro de Investigación de la Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático, Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Quito, Ecuador. ", Thomas Matthews, master of the whaling ship Equator, 1846.6. (2010) lists them separately but under the heading "C. nigra species complex". Spanish common names: Galápago de Fernandina, tortuga gigante de Fernandina. Affiliation: Galapagos Science Center, Galápagos, Ecuador. Arteaga A, Guayasamin JM (2020) Chelonoidis phantasticus. Geochelone nigra phantastica Iverson, 1992[4] There are efforts being made to find a suitable male for Fern (the female) to breed with. Chelonoidis phantasticus is a diurnal and terrestrial tortoise inhabiting deciduous forests. Chelonoidis phantasticus is the only species of giant tortoise known to occur on Fernandina Island. How to cite? The only known living individual of the species is at the Fausto Llerena breeding center in Santa Cruz island. Affiliation: Laboratorio de Biología Evolutiva, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador. [5] The tortoise has been transferred to a breeding center on the nearby island of Santa Cruz for the purpose of conservation and genetic tests. [8], Originally known from only one male specimen found (and killed) by members of the 1906 California Academy of Sciences expedition, there were discoveries of putative tortoise droppings and cactus bite marks in 1964 and 2013, and an unconfirmed sighting in 2009. It is recognizable by its strongly saddlebacked carapace. Etymology: The generic name Chelonoidis comes from the Greek word chelone (meaning “tortoise”).8 The specific epithet phantasticus comes from the Greek word phantasia (meaning “illusion”),8 and it probably reflects John Van Denburgh's impression that Fernandina Island, described to him as one large cone of black lava,4 was no habitat for a real tortoise. Die Riesenschildkröte Chelonoidis Phantasticus galt seit mehr als einem Jahrhundert als ausgestorben. … In: Arteaga A, Bustamante L, Vieira J, Tapia W, Guayasamin JM (Eds) Reptiles of Galápagos. Rhodin et al. Recognition: ♂♂ 87.6 cm ♀♀ 50.7 cm. Spanish common names: Galápago de Fernandina, tortuga gigante de Fernandina. English common names: Fernandina Giant-Tortoise, Narborough Island Giant-Tortoise. Chelonoidis phantastica[2], Chelonoidis phantasticus (commonly known as the Fernandina Island Galápagos tortoise or Narborough Island giant tortoise) is a species of Galápagos tortoise that was discovered in 1906 and not seen again until a single female was discovered living on Fernandina Island by an expedition in February 2019. Natural history: Historically extremely rare. Available from: www.tropicalherping.com. Die Riesenschildkröte Chelonoidis Phantasticus galt seit mehr als einem Jahrhundert als ausgestorben. "...the volcano is in awful operation at present. and Juan M GuayasaminbAffiliation: Laboratorio de Biología Evolutiva, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador.,cAffiliation: Galapagos Science Center, Galápagos, Ecuador.,dAffiliation: Centro de Investigación de la Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático, Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Quito, Ecuador. How can you help the Fernandina Giant-Tortoise? The best way you can help ensure a future for Galápagos' giant tortoises is by supporting the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, an incredibly ambitious effort led by Galápagos Conservancy and the Galápagos National Park, to restore tortoise populations to their historical distribution and numbers across Galápagos. The red lava covers a field of 5 or 6 miles, which is a great illumination in the night. Authors: Alejandro ArteagaaAffiliation: Tropical Herping (TH), Quito, Ecuador. [10] The expedition was led by wildlife biologist Forrest Galante who was accompanied by Washington Tapia, director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, and included four rangers—Jeffreys Malaga, Eduardo Vilema, Roberto Ballesteros, and Simon Villamar— and was funded by Animal Planet. Recognition: ♂♂ 87.6 cm ♀♀ 50.7 cm. It is recognizable by its strongly saddlebacked carapace. Affiliation: Tropical Herping (TH), Quito, Ecuador. Reptiles of Galápagos | Testudines | Testudinidae | Chelonoidis phantasticus. This individual is now at the Fausto Llerena breeding center in Santa Cruz Island. nigra species complex”. © 2020 Tropical Herping. Picture: Adult male. See it in the wild: It seems that very few individuals of Chelonoidis phantasticus still persist in the highlands of Fernandina Island, which is inaccessible to tourism. [5][6][7], Chelonoidis phantasticus is considered a member of the Chelonoidis nigra species complex, variably considered a subspecies of C. nigra or a valid species itself. Etymology : References: Iverson, J.B. 1992. 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Tortoises of this species feed on grasses, herbs, shrubs, cacti.1,2. Jetzt haben Forscher ein Weibchen der eigentlich für tot erklärten Riesenschildkröte der Art „Chelonoidis Phantasticus“ gefunden. Sie kommt nur auf der unbewohnten Insel Fernandina vor.