As concerned taxonomists who separately and collaboratively continue to publish on Atractus we strongly support conservation of this name as proposed by Hoogmoed & Savage (BZN 64: 60–63). The senior name Brachyura Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1822 has not been used for well over a century and is virtually forgotten. The name Atractus Wagler, 1828, on the other hand is recognized by a wide range of biologists, inasmuch as it applies to the largest genus of colubrid snakes in the New World.
I write in support of the proposed precedence of Chelodina rugosa Ogilby, 1890 over Chelodina oblonga Gray, 1841 for the reasons specified in Case 3351 and Thomson’s (2007) Comment (BZN 64: 127–128). Further, I support usage of the name Chelodina colliei Gray, 1856 for the species known under the misapplied name Chelodina oblonga Gray, 1841 for the past 40 years (see Case 3351).
One of the reasons for the Principle of Priority is to protect good taxonomic work presented to science from being overwritten by future errors. This is relevant to current problems in Australian turtle names.
I write in opposition to Thomson’s proposals regarding the names of several Australian turtles. I support the argument that action should be taken to conserve the name Chelodina oblonga Gray, 1841 for a species from southwestern Australia, a course rejected by Thomson in paragraph 12 of his application. Conservation of the name C.
I support the petition by Frazier to conserve the names Aldabrachelys and Testudo gigantea for
the Aldabra giant tortoise. Though strict adherence to the Code might
require the name changes proposed by Bour and Gerlach, the question of
the identity of the recently rediscovered purported holotype of gigantea makes
these changes not only undesirable but also uncertain. Stabilising the
nomenclature through acceptance of the unequivocally identified neotype
I support the petition described in Case 3463 to conserve the name Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 for the Aldabra tortoise by retaining USNM 269962 as the neotype of this taxon and suppressing Testudo dussumieri Gray,
1831. There has been substantial nomenclatural chaos and confusion
about what is the correct name for Aldabra tortoises. For over 100
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