Dodecaceria: After an eight year labour
James A. Blake
jablake at ix.netcom.com
Mon Apr 14 17:32:48 EST 2003
Geoff Read Wrote:
The ICZN have issued a negative ruling on Dodecaceria concharum.
OPINION 2019 (Case 2899). Dodecaceria concharum Orsted, 1843 and
Heterocirrus fimbriatus Verrill, 1879 (currently D. fimbriata) (Annelida,
Polychaeta): conservation of usage of the names by the designation of a
neotype for D. concharum not approved. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
60: 66-67. (2003).
This is indeed good news!! It is gratifying to see that the ICZN is
able to reject proposals that are poorly conceived.
This is vindication for Mary Petersen. Most of you may not know this, but
after this "Proposal" was published, Mary prepared a very detailed rebuttal
that presented in great detail the entire taxonomic history of Dodecaceria.
The proposal by Gibson and Heppel in effect was to deliberately misidentify
the type species of Dodecaceria established by Oersted from Danish
specimens and then move the type locality to the U.K. Mary traced the entire
nomenclature of the genus including a demonstration that all along, Gibson
has been using the wrong names and concepts for his species. There are
specimens available of Dodecaceria concharum from the type locality in
Denmark and it is, therefore, not necessary to establish a new one in the UK
as proposed by Gibson and Heppell. Unfortunately, Mary's review was too
long to be published by the ICZN. I hope she will publish it elsewhere.
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