Ataenius Harold, 1867 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over Aphodinus Motschulsky, 1862

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:H. F. Howden, Smetana A.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:39
Date Published:03/2007
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Aphodinus, Aphodinus castanicolor, Ataenius, Ataenius scutellaris, Coleoptera, Nomenclature, scarab beetles, SCARABAEIDAE, taxonomy, world-wide

The purpose of this application, under Articles 23.9.3 and 81.2.3 of the Code, is to conserve the generic name Ataenius Harold, 1867 for a world-wide and well-known genus of scarab beetles (family SCARABAEIDAE) by giving it precedence over the older name Aphodinus Motschulsky, 1862. Prior to 2001, the name Aphodinus was largely ignored, although it was used by Schmidt in three of his publications (1913, 1914, 1922) for a subgenus of Aphodius Illiger, 1798. In 2001, Dellacasa, Bordat & Dellacasa placed Ataenius in synonymy with Aphodinus. Ataenius is a genus with a nearly world-wide distribution and approximately 300 described species. Replacement of the name Ataenius by Aphodinus would seriously affect the stability of the group.

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