Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 8

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:T. Leuteritz
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:83
Date Published:03/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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 I support the proposed conservation of usage of the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812, by maintenance of a designated neotype, and suppression of Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831. I agree with Frazier (BZN 66: 34) that T. gigantea is
the established name for the Aldabra tortoise (i.e. it has been in
continuous use for over 100 years, and it has been recognised as the
oldest name for the Aldabra tortoise for more than 50 years).
Furthermore, as Frazier documented, there has been much nomenclatural
chaos, and it is necessary to stabilise the nomenclature of the Aldabra

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