Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 15

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Howell, KM
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:2
Start Page:182
Pagination:182
Date Published:06/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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I find the arguments put forward by Jack Frazier to be convincing. As he notes, gigantea is
the accepted and most widely used name. My experience within the range
of this species and, as a former member of the CITES Animals Committee
(Co-representative for Africa), is that gigantea is generally
in use and recognised. In the African region we often must deal with
issues relating to the commercial trade in this species and to have
another name in existence simply adds to the confusion and may well
provide a loophole for the illegal export of this species under a
different name or one not familiar to the authorities who control such
matters on the continent. In my opinion, it is good science, good
taxonomic practice, and would make for the best management and
conservation of the species to accept Frazier’s arguments and conserve Testudo gigantea.

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