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Described and named in 1789
The Hermann's Tortoise (Testudo hermanni) is a reptile of the Testudinidae (land tortoise) family, which includes 11 genera and around 40 species. Dedicated to the Strasbourg zoologist Jean Hermann who owned the model specimen, it was described and named in 1789 by the scientist Johann Friedrich Gmelin. It had been drawn for the first time almost a century earlier by Johann Davis Schoepff, who had already distinguished the two subspecies Testudo hermanni hermanni and Testudo hermanni boettgeri.
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