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Kristian Fauchald Fauchald.Kristian at nmnh.si.edu
Wed Mar 24 21:24:36 EST 1999

I checked back with Stop-Bowitz 1948 whose authority has been called 
upon a couple of times so far.  As far as I can see from the paper he did 
not consider Pherusea Grube 1850 at all, but were concerned with the 
relations between Chloraema and Flabelligera and on this issue he was 
correct.  He is also correct on the generic name for the taxa that had been 
described in Pherusa, Siphostoma, Siphonostoma and Trophonia.  The 
oldest name in this group is Pherusa Oken 1807.  However, for whatever 
reason he did not consider the family-name based on Pherusa by Grube 
1850 as the oldest name.  I believe Fred and Greg are correct, if we want 
to retain Flabelligeridae as a family name somebody better ask the 
Commission to conserve it before this gets out of hand!  

Kristian Fauchald
<Fauchald.Kristian at NMNH.SI.EDU>

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