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Boll. Mus. reg. Sci. nat.Torino Vol. 24 -N. 2 pp. 301-347 30-9-2007 Franco ANDREONE*, Elena GAVETTI*, Stefano BOVERO*
 

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Boll. Mus. reg. Sci. nat.Torino Vol. 24 - N. 2 pp. 301-347 30-9-2007
Franco ANDREONE*, Elena GAVETTI*, Stefano BOVERO*
Revised catalogue of the herpetological
collection in Turin University
II. Chelonia and Crocodylia
ABSTRACT
The revised catalogue of chelonians and crocodiles belonging to the historical material
of Turin University and housed in the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino is pro-
vided. The material, totally including 59 species of tortoises and turtles and 13 species of lor-
icates, is particularly important since specimens were mainly obtained during the 19th Cen-
tury and the first decades of the 20th
Century. Most of these animals were personally import-
ed alive and bought by the Count Mario Giacinto Peracca, who kept them in his glasshouses
and estate, and were donated to the Museum after their death. Other remarkable individuals
were captured during expeditions sponsored by the Museum, such as those by its collabora-
tor Enrico Festa and by Alfredo Borelli, and the remarkable circumnavigation expedition of
the "Regia Pirocorvetta Magenta". Great part of the specimens is stuffed, while smaller
specimens are preserved in ethanol. Finally, of particular importance we quote the anatomi-
cal material derived from the specimens before being prepared, and consisting of skeletal

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology