Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 15

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2009
Authors:Caccone, G
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:66
Issue:1
Start Page:86
Pagination:86
Date Published:03/2009
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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As a concerned scientist
working for the past 20 years on evolutionary genetics and conservation
of Giant Galapagos tortoises, both in Aldabra and Galapagos, I have
been made aware that there is a case submitted to the Commission to fix
the specific name of the Aldabra tortoises once and for all to gigantea.

 I completely and enthusiastically support this case. It would be a
great service to the scientific and management community if the name of
the Aldabra tortoise were fixed and the obvious choice is the
established / customary / accustomed name of gigantea.

 In the past years there have been a series of names proposed and used
which have confused the issue and misinterpreted and misused taxonomic
rules. For those of us working on conservation issues this has rendered
our efforts much less effective; we cannot protect what we cannot name
and identify precisely.

 I really hope that the Commission can decide in favour of case 3463.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith