Zootaxa open access letter.
ICZN rules - a farewell to Tubificidae (Annelida, Clitellata)
CHRISTER ERSEUS (Sweden), MARK J. WETZEL (USA) & LENA GUSTAVSSON
Zootaxa 1744: 66-68 (9 Apr. 2008) 0 plates; 28 references
Summary. Morphological and molecular characters support that the former
clitellate family Naididae Ehrenberg, 1828 is nested within another
family, Tubificidae Vejdovský, 1876. To avoid paraphyly of the latter,
it has been suggested that the two should be regarded as a single taxon.
A recent decision by the International Commission of Zoological
Nomenclature [2007; opinion 2167 (Case 3305)] ruled against a proposed
reversal of the nomenclatural priority of Naididae over Tubificidae,
with the consequence that all former tubificids should now be regarded
as members of the Naididae whenever these two names are regarded as
synonyms. The paper is a plea to clitellate researchers to conform to