Aldabrachelys gigantea

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Taxonavigation: Testudinoidea 
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Superfamilia: Testudinoidea

Familia: Testudinidae
Genus: Aldabrachelys
Species: Aldabrachelys gigantea
Subspecies: A. g. arnoldi – A. g. daudinii –A. g. gigantea – A. g. hololissa


Aldabrachelys gigantea Schweigger 1812:327

  • Neotype: USNM 269962 (set by Frazer 2006)
  • Type Locality: Aldabra Atoll


  • Bour, R. 2006. Identity of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 and rediscovery of the type specimen. Emys 13 (4): 12–23.
  • Frazier, J. 2006. A neotype for the Aldabra tortoise, Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812. Herpetological Review 37 (3): 275–280.
  • Schweigger, A. F. 1812. Prodromus monographiae Cheloniorum. Königsberger Archiv für Naturwissenschaft und Mathematik 1:271–368, 406–462. download
  • ICZN 2013: 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. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature, 70(1): 61–65. Abstract only seen reference page 

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Aldabra Giant Tortoise
한국어: 알다브라땅거북
português: Tartaruga-de-Seychelles