[Annelida] Fabricius 1822

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Thu Apr 14 18:33:18 EST 2011

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Now to the tricky question.

If interested this page in Morch can be seen online at:

Bush is wrong with the 1822 year. Morch doesn't cite Otto Fabricius,
1822 (actually the year Fabricius died!). What he cites is "Cat. 1822.
n. 1094.", thus an unidentified specimen catalogue or list. 
Mostly Morch identifies a person or institute with his references to
"cat.", and here he doesn't, so perhaps it's his own catalogue. Note he
indicates he collected his own specimen in Greenland.
Fabricius (1780:381) described a worm under the name Serpula glomerata
Linnaeus, and Morch (1863) rewords that description under the name
Spirorbis verruca Fabr., and indicates the description came from Fauna

I don't know what the undated Fabricius Mss. 2 is, but Morch refers to
it a lot. As it is unpublished I suggest it has no status for taxonomy.

Personally I'd attribute the species solely to Morch. That way we won't
get confused in the future. Hartman catalogue uses Fabricius in Morch,
so there's an authoritative indication, but these 'in' authorships
should be carefully considered. Merely paraphrasing someone else's words
when they don't know about it (being dead already) isn't an 'in' when we
examine it years later. Possibly it's well-intentioned to indicate later
the suspected or obvious origin, but it's a complication I can do

Incidentally WoRMS wrongly says Serpula verruca was published by
Fabricius in 1780. No such name was published therein. We will make


>>> On 15/04/2011 at 12:35 a.m., Alexander Rzhavsky <ubyb from mail.ru>
> Dear all,
> could anybody clearify what is "Fabricius, 1822" cited by Morch, 1863
on the 
> page 431 as
> Serpula verruca Vorteroret Fab. Mss. 2. p. 186. n. 206.
>  --------- " -------     Cat. 1822. n. 1094.
> And by Bush, 1905 on the pages 247 and 264  without any references?
> Does it any unpublished manuscript or catalogue?  Does it valid for
year  of 
> new species description itself -  Spirorbis verruca (Fabricius 1822) 
or it 
> should be should be indicated as Spirorbis verruca (Fabricius in
> 1863).  It is absent from Fauchald's "Paryrus"
> Sincerely yours
> Alexander V. Rzhavsky
> http://www.sevin.ru/laboratories/Marine_Invertebrates/rzhavsky.html

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