|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2009|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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This is to clarify that, although I am the author of a scientific paper that used the scientific name Dipsochelys dussumieri to refer to the Aldabra tortoise (Malonza, 2003), I have now read Case 3463 and I support the arguments explained therein. Not only is the claim of rediscovery of the holotype of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 not totally convincing but, more importantly, there is an urgent need to stabilise the name of the Aldabra tortoise using the established species name gigantea. This is especially important to make research and conservation activities on this endangered species more effective.
Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 9