Title

Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 19

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature

Publication Date

9-2009

Volume

66

Issue

3

First Page

280

Last Page

280

Publisher

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Abstract

I am writing in support of Jack Frazier’s petition to stabilise the name of the Aldabra tortoise by retaining the names Aldabrachelys and Testudo gigantea, and rendering Testudo dussumieri invalid. Frazier clearly and convincingly argues his case in the petition. In this case, Aldabrachelys and Testudo gigantea have been the norm in the scientific community when referring to the Aldabra tortoise. Changing the name based on a dubious holotype would cause terrible confusion, unnecessarily complicating future conservation and research.

Print ISSN

00075167

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2009 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Recommended Citation

Fong, J. J. (2009). Comments on the proposed conservation of usage of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines) 19. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 66(3), 280.

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