Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 8

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Lovich, JE
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:276
Pagination:276
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I am writing in support of the application by Jack Frazier to conserve the name Testudo gigantea for the Aldabra tortoise and to recognise the neotype he designated. This species has one of the most confusing (unnecessarily so) taxonomies of any living turtle, despite the fact that it is internationally recognised and iconic. Given the multitude of names proposed for this species, common usage of gigantea begs for a resolution as suggested by Frazier. Cleaning up past confusion regarding names and types is the only way to achieve a solution to this long-standing problem.

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