|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2009|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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I would like to support the arguments described by Jack Frazier in Case 3463 to conserve the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812. The Aldabra tortoise is a particularly well known species and its specific name gigantea has been widely used for more than 100 years. In this case all proposals to supplant this name by other names (e.g. Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831; T. elephantina Duméril & Bibron, 1835) would lead to nomenclatural chaos negatively affecting conservation and education activities. Regarding the discovery of Schweigger’s purported type specimen (Bour, 2006) the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 should be retained as the conserved name. Acceptance of the neotype designation (Frazier 2006a) can easily solve this issue.
Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 10