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For the nomenclature-inclined polychaetologists

Fredrik Pleijel fredrik.pleijel at tmbl.gu.se
Wed Mar 24 05:07:03 EST 1999

This may need to be spelled out clearer:
1. Chloraema Dujardin, 1838 is a subjective junior synonym of Flabelligera
Sars, 1829 (hopefully we won't question that right now)
2. Flabelligeridae was established as a new family group name by
Saint-Joseph, 1894
3. Based on this Chloraemidae then became an objective junior synonym of
Flabelligeridae (Article 40(b))
4. In the group today referred to as "Flabelligeridae" we include
Flabelligera and Pherusa
5. For that group there is an older family group name available Pherusidae
(based on Grube's"Pherusea")

Where we disagree with Geoff on how to interpret the code is when he
writes: "Also, one does not look for family
names proposed subsequent to the first publication of a recognisable
variant of the name Chloraemidae." We think one has to: Chloraemidae is
out, what is the oldest valid name?

Sort of happy we never studied law... We see two ways out of this. We close
our eyes and continue to use Flabelligeridae (fine with us).  Or someone
has to write an application to the BZN to conserve the name.

Fred & Greg

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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