For the nomenclature-inclined polychaetologists

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Wed Mar 24 01:46:58 EST 1999


A second contribution to the  idea that some slavish code wrangling might 
require Flabelligeridae to be replaced by Pherusidae:  

My reading of the intent of the current code is that (Article 40, for events 
that occurred before 1961) once genus A is selected  as the basis for the 
family name, if it is found to have a senior synonym, genus B, then it is 
genus B which becomes the family name. This is what happens in the 
example given under Article 40. I assume this to have effectively happened 
to the chloraemids/flabelligerids (Chloraema/Flabelligera). It is probably 
irrelevant (except for date of first use) that Saint-Joseph had used the 
name for the family in 1894. The Chloraemidae becomes the 
Flabelligeridae because Chloraema is now regarded as the same set of 
animals as the earlier-published Flabelligera. One indeed does not need to 
go looking for older or other genera. Also, one does not look for family 
names proposed subsequent to the first publication of a recognisable 
variant of the name Chloraemidae.

Fred Pleijel was interested in a FAMILY name, that is the Pherusea of 
Grube, 1850. Older than Flabelligeridae, but not, I hope, older than 
Chloraemidae. My point earlier was that if the FAMILY name, the 
Chlorhemiens of Quatrefages' 1849 paper title, apparently pre-dating 
Grube by one year and used in connection with genus Chloraema, was 
regarded as the original and sufficient proposal of  Chloraemidae then 
there is no problem with continuing to use its replacement name 
Flabelligeridae. The Chloraema-based family name was used by authors 
subsequently (e.g Quatrefages himself, and McIntosh) before Saint-
Joseph's Flabelligeriens came along. But, I wonder, did anyone use 
Pherusea again?  

--
  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

Whose tongue finds Flabelligeridae  quite the worst  family name to 
pronounce!




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