Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 13

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Široký, P
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:278
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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I have to support the arguments published by Jack Frazier in Case 3463 to conserve the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 for the Aldabra giant tortoise. Testudo gigantea (now Geochelone gigantea or Aldabrachelys gigantea) has been widely used as the scientific name for this species for over a century. This name was replaced first by Testudo elephantina Duméril & Bibron, 1835 and then by Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831 during the last few decades. These changes introduce chaos and uncertainties into the diverse research and educational communities interested in chelonians, because not only taxonomists are dealing with tortoises. There are many fields that overlap with taxonomy in general biological sciences, e.g. ecology, parasitology, nature conservation, etc. Even herpetoculturists and tortoise fans are suffering from this situation. That is why I vote for the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 to be retained as a nomen conservandum, and for acceptance of the neotype designation, which can solve the problem.

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