Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 18

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Palkovacs, EP
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:183
Date Published:06/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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I support the conservation of the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger,
1812 in reference to the Aldabra tortoise, as proposed by J. Frazier in
Case 3463. As described by Frazier, uncertainty and confusion have bred
nomenclatural instability, with non-trivial scientific and conservation
implications. This petition simplifies the situation in the most valid
and logical possible way. The resulting nomenclatural stability will
aid in efforts to communicate about and, ultimately, to conserve this
unique surviving lineage.

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