Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 13

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Turkozan, O
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:1
Start Page:85
Pagination:85
Date Published:03/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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 I support the proposal to conserve the name of the Aldabra tortoise, Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812, for the following reasons: while T. gigantea is
the established name for the Aldabra tortoise (i.e. it has been in
continuous use for over 100 years and has been recognised as the oldest
name for the Aldabra tortoise for more than 50 years) there has been
considerable nomenclatural instability since 1982. I consider necessary
to stabilise the nomenclature by maintaining the neotype for T. gigantea (USNM 269962) that was designated in 2006.

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