Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 11

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Penny, M
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 should like to add my name to those who support Jack Frazier in his attempt to stabilise the name of Testudo gigantea for the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. I worked with Dr Frazier on the atoll in the 1960s, and I have the greatest respect for his opinions. Any move which makes the identification of such an important species more complicated by confusing nomenclature should be resisted in the interest of conservation.

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