Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 2

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Hirayama, R
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:274
Pagination:274
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I completely support the petition to conserve the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 for the Aldabra tortoise, although I used another name, Dipsochelys dussumieri in my paper (Takahashi et al., 2003). I agree with Frazier that T. gigantea is the established name. As explained in Case 3463, it has been in continuous use for more than 100 years and has been widely used in the scientific literature. It is important to settle this nomenclatural issue because there has been considerable confusion since 1982. The neotype for T. gigantea (USNM 269962) that was designated in 2006 should be maintained.

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