Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 5

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Das, I
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:1
Start Page:81
Pagination:81-82
Date Published:03/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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 I am writing in support of the petition by J. Frazier to conserve the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812, in the interest of nomenclatural universality and stability. The nomen Testudo gigantea for
the Aldabra tortoise, a species of great conservation concern, has been
in use for over a century. Thus, resurrection of the nomen oblitum Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831 and invalidation of neotype designation for T. gigantea is not deemed worthy of support, particularly since the rediscovery of the supposed holotype is not unequivocally proven.

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