|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2009|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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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.
Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 17