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OPINION 2316 (Case 3463) Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines): usage of the specific name conserved by maintenance of a designated neotype, and suppression of Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2013
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:61
Date Published:03/2013
Type of Article:Opinion
Keywords:Aldabra Atoll, Aldabrachelys, Chelonoidis, Dipsochelys, Geochelone, land tortoises, Nomenclature, taxonomy, Testudines, TESTUDINIDAE, Testudo, Testudo carbonaria, Testudo denticulata, Testudo dussumieri, Testudo elephantina, Testudo gigantea

The Commission has conserved the specific name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (family TESTUDINIDAE) in its customary usage for the giant land tortoise found on Aldabra Atoll in the western Indian Ocean, by affirmation of the neotype designation of 2006 and suppression of T. dussumieri Gray, 1831.

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