Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 31

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Miller, J
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:290
Date Published:09/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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I support the application of Frazier (2009, Case 3463) to conserve the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812.

  Frazier (2009) provided a detailed argument concerning the nomenclatural history, confusion, and instability, including
that caused as a result of a recent paper that I published (Miller
& Dinkelacker, 2007) concerning turtle reproductive structures and
strategies. The focus of the chapter was not taxonomic but the taxonomy
should have been consistent; it was not and the error is mine. The fact
that other people reviewed the manuscript and missed the
inconsistency/error in the nomenclature (or at least did not comment on
the taxonomy to me) suggests that I am not the only one who would
benefit from a stabilised taxonomy.

Additional references

Miller, J.D. & Dinkelacker, S.A. 2007. Reproductive structures and strategies of turtles. Pp. 225–278 in Wyneken, J., Godfrey, M.H. & Bels, V. (Eds.), Biology of turtles: From structures to strategies of life. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.  

Taxonomic Group(s): 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith