geometric tortoise, noun phrase

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Named for the geometric patterns on its shell.
The land tortoise Psammobates geometricus of the Testudinidae, an endangered species found only in the Western Cape; formerly, any of several related species; sterretjie sense 3; suurpootjie. Also attributive.
[1880 Cassell’s Nat. Hist. IV. 252The Ethiopian region of natural history has the greatest number of species of Tortoises,..the Leopard Tortoise..and the little Geometric Tortoise are familiar examples.]
1929 W. Rose Veld & Vlei 189A very striking appearance is presented by the members of..the Geometric Group, in which the dorsal shields are raised into conical eminences, from the summits of which radiate brilliant streaks of black and yellow...Geometric Tortoises may be considered typical of the more arid areas of the Western Cape Province, Namaqualand, Bechuanaland and South West Africa.
1985 S. Afr. Panorama Mar. 49The geometric tortoise attains a length of 120–150mm and has an attractive black and yellow striped shell. No two tortoises possess the same stripe pattern.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 49The following species are listed as endangered species: Geometric tortoise, [etc.].
1989 E. Baard in Afr. Wildlife Vol.43 No.4, 83Another of the few surviving geometric tortoise populations in the south-west Cape is conserved.
1992 T. Van Rensburg in S. Afr. Panorama Mar.Apr. 14The grysbuck, the geometric tortoise, the Cape sugar-bird and protea seed-eater are..endemic to the fynbos biome.
The land tortoise Psammobates geometricus of the Testudinidae, an endangered species found only in the Western Cape; formerly, any of several related species; sterretjie3; suurpootjie. Also attributive.
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