Although currently treated as feminine, the rules of nomenclature dictate that the proper gender of the generic name Chelonoidis Fitzinger, 1835, used for certain tortoises of South America and the giant species of the Galapagos, is masculine. This necessitates changes to the endings of the following specific names Chelonoidis niger, C. californianus, C. nigritus, C. carbonarius, and C. denticulatus.
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