Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 11

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Casale, P
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:2
Start Page:181
Pagination:181
Date Published:06/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I support the proposal by J. Frazier (BZN 66: 34–50, Case 3463) to conserve the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 for the Aldabra tortoise and to maintain the neotype for T. gigantea (USNM 269962) that was designated in 2006. As clearly explained by J. Frazier, T. gigantea has
been in continuous use for over 100 years and has been recognised as
the oldest name for the Aldabra tortoise. In my opinion, to resolve
this nomenclatural issue and to put an end to the confusion observed
since 1982 would be very important for any research and conservation
initiatives on this species and should be done immediately.

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