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For the nomenclature-inclined polychaetologists

James A. Blake jablake at ix.netcom.com
Tue Mar 23 22:00:59 EST 1999

Hello folks, 

I will comment on the flabelligerid family name issue raised by Greg,
Frederick, (and Geoff).  

The name of a family does not have to be based on the oldest nominal
genus.  ICZN Article 64 rather clearly states that "An author who
establishes a nominal family-group name may choose as type genus any
included nominal genus the name of which he or she regards as valid
.....  not necessarily that having the oldest name."  So, St. Joseph
(1894) is attributed as establishing a family-level taxon that was based
on Flabelligera.  No one, as near as I can determine, had earlier
selected one based on Pherusa. Families are established on designation,
not on the basis of synonymies. 

Best regards, 

Jim Blake
ENSR Marine & Coastal Center
89 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543


Fredrik Pleijel wrote:
> 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? 

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