There is some Polychaeta related activity in the Bulletin of Zoological
Nomenclature 67(2) June 2010.
First, new applications to the Commission - yet to be published.
CASE 3520: Boccardia proboscidea Hartman, 1940 (Annelida, SPIONIDAE):
proposed conservation of the specific name. V.I. Radashevsky & L.H.
CASE 3525: Chaetopterus variopedatus [Renier, 1804] and Myxicola
infundibulum (Renier in Meneghini, 1847): proposed conservation of the
specific names and attribution of authorship of Lumbrineris coccinea
(Renier in Meneghini, 1847) and Sternaspis scutata (Renier in Ranzani,
1817) (Annelida, Polychaeta). A.I. Muir & M.E. Petersen.
Next, another episode in the Haliplanella story. Homonymy exists
between Haliplanella Treadwell, 1943 (Polychaeta) and Haliplanella Hand,
1956 (Anthozoa). Both the original applicant (2nd author Cadet Hand) in
1977 of this revived application, and also the lead responder (back then
& apparently still in contact with us as per below) are now deceased. In
fact den Hartog died in 2000. This continued inclusion of dead people
seems a little bizarre. But will Professor Hand further rebut Dr den
Hartog? We shall see.
den Hartog JC, Ates RML (2010) Comment on the proposed conservation of
Haliplanella Hand, 1956 (Anthozoa, Actinaria) by suppression of
Haliplanella Treadwell, 1943 (Polychaeta) (Case 3493; see BZN 66:
312-316). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 67(2): 166–167.
Quote: "... there is in our view no basis to maintain the genus
Haliplanella. The recent proposal to conserve the name Haliplanella by
Fautin et al. (BZN 66: 312-316) will serve no purpose."
Whereas the applicants' rationale in reviving the case seems to be that
the name continues to be used.
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