Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 14

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Spinks, PQ
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:278
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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Jack Frazier has diligently and thoroughly recounted the quagmire that is the taxonomy of Aldabra tortoises. Having read Frazier’s summary, I am in complete agreement with his proposal to designate a neotype for this species, and agree with the suppression of the name dussumieri. Such drastic measures are necessary to stabilise the taxonomy of this group.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith