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Aldabrachelys gigantea Schweigger 1812 (Aldabra giant tortoise)

PaleoDB taxon number: 365357

Opinion 2316 (Case 3463) permanently fixed specimen USNM 269962 as the neotype of this species, following the proposal of Frazier (2006)

Alternative combination: Testudo gigantea

Synonyms: Dipsochelys dussumieri Gray 1831 (no. 382654), Testudo dussumieri Gray 1831 (no. 382653)

Full reference: A. F. Schweigger. 1812. Prodromus monographiae Cheloniorum. Königsberger Archiv für Naturwissenschaft und Mathematik 1:271-462

Belongs to Aldabrachelys according to T. Scheyer et al. 2018

Sister taxon: Dipsochelys elephantina

Type specimens:

  • Aldabrachelys gigantea: USNM 269962 (neotype), a skeleton
  • Testudo dussumieri: RMNH 3231, a skeleton.