Aldabrachelys is the recognised genus for the Seychelles and Madagascan radiations of giant tortoises, including the Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea). This name is problematic in that the type specimen is actually a Chelonoidis denticulata; however, this is being discussed and petitioned before the ICZN.
Tortoise remains from over 1000 years ago, which have been found on the Comoros, are believed to have been from unknown species of the same genus.
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^Bour, R. 2006. Identity of Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 and rediscovery of the type specimen. Emys, 13(4): 12–23.
^Frazer, J., 2009. Testudo gigantea Schweigger, 1812 (currently Geochelone (Aldabrachelys) gigantea; Reptilia, Testudines): proposed conservation of usage of the specific name by maintenance of a designated neotype, and suppression of Testudo dussumieri Gray, 1831 (currently Dipsochelys dussumieri) BZN 66(1):Case:3463