Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 22

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Vences, M
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:282
Pagination:282
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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Having been involved in intensive taxonomic revisionary work on the
amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar over the past 15 years, I have
also been following peripherally but regularly the taxonomic
discussions surrounding the giant tortoises of the Indian Ocean
archipelagos. More than once I have felt distressed about the
discordances on both generic and specific names to be used, due to both
taxonomic and nomenclatural disagreements. I feel that stabilising the
situation is an urgent matter, and I therefore applaud and fully
support the proposal of J. Frazier to stabilise the name of the Aldabra
tortoise, even if other colleagues probably are right that another name
may have nomenclatural priority. Considering the disagreements in the
past, it is unlikely that the scientific community will reach a
consensus on which name to use without an unambiguous decision of the
Commission – and such a consensus is badly needed to make discussions
on the evolution, ecology and conservation of these fascinating
creatures available to a wide audience.

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