Bothynus Hope, 1837 (Insecta, Coleoptera, SCARABAEIDAE): proposed conservation of usage by designation of Scarabaeus ascanius Kirby, 1819 as the type species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:B. C. Ratcliffe, Smith A. B. T.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:29
Date Published:03/2007
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Bothynus, Coleoptera, DYNASTINAE, Nomenclature, PENTODONTINI, SCARABAEIDAE, Scarabaeus ascanius, taxonomy

The purpose of this application, under Article 70.3.2 of the Code, is to conserve the current usage of the generic name Bothynus Hope, 1837 for well-known scarab beetles of the family SCARABAEIDAE (subfamily DYNASTINAE) by designation of Scarabaeus ascanius Kirby, 1819 as the type species. The type species of Bothynus is at present Geotrupes cuniculus Fabricius, 1801, based on a misidentification. It has long been recognized that the species involved in Hope’s misidentification of G. cuniculus is indeterminable. It is proposed that Scarabaeus ascanius Kirby, 1819 is designated as the type species.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith