Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 24

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Jr., EWH, Nieves-Rivera, ÁM, Bunkley-Williams, L
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:283
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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We have examined Aldabra giant tortoises in the
wild (EHW and LBW) as well as in captivity (AMNR) and discussed
crab-tortoise interactions (Nieves-Rivera & Williams, 2003) as may
even have once occurred on Mona Island (Williams, 1952). In
Nieves-Rivera & Williams (2003) we referred to the Aldabra Giant
Tortoise as Dipsochelys dussumieri (Gray, 1831) instead of the more accustomed name Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea (Schweigger, 1812). We did not intend our use of this name as an endorsement of the validity of Dipsochelys dussumieri. After reading Case 3463 we now accept Geochelone gigantea as the most appropriate name for this species. We support the petition to conserve the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 for the Aldabra Giant Tortoise and agree with Frazier that T. gigantea is the established name, as explained in Case 3463. The neotype for T. gigantea (USNM 269962) that was designated in 2006 should be maintained.

Additional references

Nieves-Rivera, Á.M. & Williams, E.H., Jr. 2003. Annual migrations and spawning of Coenobita clypeatus (Herbst) on Mona Island (Puerto Rico) and notes on island crustaceans. Crustaceana, 76: 547–558.

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