Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea) (Reptilia, Testudines) 1 (Case 3463)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Chambers, P
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:71
Date Published:03/2010
Type of Article:Comment
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I am writing in support of Case 3463. I am a non-specialist in this field and as such
I found the taxonomy of the Indian Ocean giant tortoises to be complicated and
confusing when researching the topic for my book on these animals, A Sheltered Life
(2004). Based on a literature survey and interviews with researchers, I concluded that
Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea was the most appropriate name for this
important and iconic species. However, after the book’s publication I received
correspondence which opposed my use of this name. As an interested observer, I am
perturbed by the continuing uncertainty connected with the naming of the Aldabra
tortoise and so I strongly support Dr Frazier in his desire to settle this nomenclatural

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