Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 10

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:J. B. Murphy
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:84
Date Published:03/2009
Type of Article:Comment
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Please consider my comments on Case 3463: (1) Testudo gigantea is
the established name for the Aldabra tortoise (i.e. it has been in
continuous use for over 100 years, it has been recognised as the oldest
name for the Aldabra tortoise for more than 50 years, it is widely used
in the literature, etc.; (2) there has been nomenclatural chaos,
particularly since 1982; (3) it is necessary to stabilize the
nomenclature and fix the name of the Aldabra tortoise and (4) the
simplest way to achieve this is by maintaining the neotype for T. gigantea (USNM 269962) that was designated in 2006.

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