Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 10

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Moravec, J
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:277
Pagination:277
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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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.

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