Long, heated battle ends with a moniker for the Indian Ocean reptile
One of the most passionately disputed arguments over a scientific name has finally come to an end. After 200 years of ambiguity, years of fierce debate and a record number of formal comments on the proposed name, a commission has declared gigantea the one true species term for the Aldabra giant tortoises.
That species descriptor will be used as part of a two-word Latin name that puts the species into a genus with its near relatives. Meet Aldabrachelys gigantea.
“Taxonomy is a swirling, dynamic science,” says malacologist Ellinor Michel, executive secretary of the International Comm