Jointed turtles

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Jointed turtles
Stutz jointed turtle (Kinixys homeana)

Stutz jointed turtle ( Kinixys homeana )

without rank: Sauropsida
Order : Turtles (Testudinata)
Subordination : Halsberger tortoises (Cryptodira)
Family : Tortoises (Testudinidae)
Subfamily : Testudininae
Genre : Jointed turtles
Scientific name
Bell , 1827

Kinixys ( Kinixys ) are in Africa -based turtles from the family of tortoises (Testudinidae). The scientific name Knixys is derived from the Greek kinein "move" and ixys "waist" or "hip". Like the German name, this refers to the agility of the pelvis, which distinguishes this genus from other tortoises.


A hinge, which is located in the rear part of the back armor, is characteristic of adult articulated turtles and with the help of which they can close the rear part and thus protect both the tail and the rear limbs. However, there are also individual, fully grown individuals of this genus who lack this hinge.


A distinction is made between the following types:

Kinixys lobatsiana , Kinixys natalensis , Kinixys nogueyi , Kinixys spekii and Kinixys zombensis were previously considered to be subspecies of the smooth- edged jointed tortoise ( Kinixys belliana ) but are now viewed as separate species.



Individual evidence

  1. Keyword Kinixys . In: Herder-Lexikon der Biologie . Spectrum Academic Publishing House, Heidelberg 2003. ISBN 3-8274-0354-5 .
  2. Rogner, p. 86.

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