ECN-L Archives

Entomological Collections Network Listserve


Options: Use Forum View

Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Douglas Yanega <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Douglas Yanega <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:19:05 -0800
text/plain (52 lines)
Non-NU Email

Having looked this paper over, I note a few things which are 
nomenclaturally noteworthy:

There are four misspellings, which someone needs to annotate, as they 
appear to have not been noticed and recorded elsewhere:

Loricaster lawrenci (instead of lawrencei)

Clambus exiquus (instead of exiguus)

Clambus meriodionalis (instead of meridionalis)

Clambus spanleri (instead of spangleri)

all should be attributed as lapsus calami to Endrödy-Younga 1981.

There is also a case which appears unique in all nomenclatural history:

the species originally named as Dermestes armadillus De Geer 1774 
appears in Endrödy-Younga's paper, and in other sources beginning in 
1929, as "armadillo". I can't think of any other examples of a name that 
the original author Latinized from a non-Latin root, and subsequent 
authors DE-Latinized it and changed the spelling to the unmodified root. 
This is patently unjustifiable under the ICZN, and I don't see evidence 
of enough usage of the novel spelling to claim that the emendation must 
be preserved via prevailing usage.

If anyone here has access to the pertinent literature, what is needed is 
to determine how many authors prior to 2000 used "armadillus" versus 
"armadillo" for this taxon in the published literature. Google hits are 
not appropriate, nor is looking at literature post-1999, when the Code 
added the rules on prevailing usage. It would be especially important to 
know for certain whether De Geer ever spelled it "armadillo" himself 
back in 1774, as some sources list. It seems unlikely he would have 
spelled it two different ways, though this does happen (as 
Endrödy-Younga's own paper shows, since lawrenci and spanleri are 
erroneous spellings of species described as new). I expect that 
"armadillus" will need to be restored, but it would be nice to be 
certain of this.


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82