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Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by kevantheman35, Dec 2, 2008.

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  1. kevantheman35

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    quick question. is the scientific name for aldabran tortoise currently Geochelone gigantea, or Aldabrachelys gigantea?
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    It's either Dipsochelys or Aldabrachelys dussumieri :)

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    thanks dan! so gigantea is no longer in the name?
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    No as they found out that the holotype of Testudo gigantea was a Yellowfoot tortoise and not an Aldabra tortoise.

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    wow thats interesting
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    The naming of tortoises is going crazy right now! DNA research, better reviews of old holotypes, etc. Lots of stuff going on! The Testudo group is really whacking out now.
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