Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 3

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Collie, J
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:2
Start Page:176
Pagination:176
Date Published:06/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I support the application by Frazier to conserve the usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger,
1812 for the giant land tortoise found on Aldabra Atoll in the western
Indian Ocean. This name has been known locally and internationally for
several generations and is utilised and established in numerous
publications and articles. Having worked on Aldabra for over two years,
and as a previous management authority for CITES in Seychelles, I can
attest to the high level of recognition given to the specific name gigantea globally.
There is a real need for the Commission to stabilise and establish the
name for the Aldabra tortoise once and for all so that there is
continuity in the scientific and conservation efforts which have taken
place over the past hundred years.

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