Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 17

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Bauerfeld, K
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:280
Pagination:280
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I was informed of Jack Frazier’s application to stabilise the name of the Aldabran tortoise to Geochelone gigantea. Of course, I support this application. I am not a herpetologist, but as the director of both Berlin Zoos (Zoo and Tierpark) which are still keeping (Tierpark) or have kept (Zoo) Aldabra tortoises I am very interested in the question of the scientific name of the Aldabra tortoise. With 1463 species Berlin Zoo is the most species-rich zoo in the world, and together with the 950 species in the Tierpark we show over 3.9 million visitors a collection of biodiversity which is unique in the world. I am sure the name of the Aldabra tortoise should be Geochelone gigantea and so I wholeheartedly support Jack Frazier’s application. We use this name in our publications (Guidebook, Annual Report, Milu) and in the labelling for our tortoise enclosures.

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