Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 25

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Grimm, U
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:3
Start Page:283
Pagination:283
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I support the petition of Jack Frazier to conserve the names Aldabrachelys and Testudo gigantea for the Giant Aldabra Tortoise and suppress T. dussumieri Gray, 1831. As outlined in the comment by Frazier the name gigantea has
been used for more than 100 years in scientific publications. A change
could lead to quite a confusion. That name has also been used in
conservation publications and international law. The species has been
listed under the name gigantea in Appendix II of CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild
animals and plants) since 1975 as well as in many national laws of
CITES Parties. I share the opinion of Anders Rhodin that not
suppressing T. dussumieri could increase the threat to this
species by creating potential loophole exceptions in national and
international laws protecting this species.

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