Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 13

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Tatayah, V, Jones, C
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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We have been following the debate over the nomenclature of the Aldabra
Giant Tortoise very closely at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and,
in line with common and accepted local usage in Mauritius and
Rodrigues, would support the specific name gigantea over other suggestions. As for the genus, Geochelone is currently in widespread use locally. We believe that Aldabrachelys has
good potential, and would adopt the final decision of the Commission.
Please consider the above as the official view of the Mauritian
Wildlife Foundation.

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