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For the nomenclature-inclined polychaetologists

Fredrik Pleijel fredrik.pleijel at tmbl.gu.se
Tue Mar 23 18:02:33 EST 1999

Hello everybody!

Although one of us is a Swede, we do think that the dear Linnaeus caused us
a number of problems. In this case we have a specific one:
Why is the family name Flabelligeridae Saint-Joseph 1894 the one in current
use? Stöp-Bowitz pointed out that Chloraemidae was not to be used as
Chloreama is a junior synonym of Flabelligera (see also Article 40(b) in
the Code). But what about Pherusea Grube, 1850 - shouldn't that be name to
be used (as Pherusidae)??? It seems as if Stöp-Bowitz and others overlooked
that one. Or have we missed e.g. some ruling from the ICZN?
Although not to keen on changing reasonably well-known names, as good (?)
systematists we have been taught to follow the Code.

Any help is welcome!
Fred & Greg (Pleijel & Rouse that is)

Fredrik Pleijel
Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory
SE-452 96 Strömstad, Sweden
tel + 46 526 686 38
fax + 46 526 686 07
e.mail fredrik.pleijel at tmbl.gu.se

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