Case 3566 Tropidolaemus Wagler, 1830 and Cophias wagleri F. Boie, 1827 (currently Tropidolaemus wagleri) (Reptilia, Squamata, VIPERIDAE): proposed conservation

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:Savage, JM, David, P, Vogel, G
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:116
Date Published:06/2012
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Nomenclature, Parias, Reptilia, Serpentes, snakes, Southeast Asia, taxonomy, Trimeresurus (Parias) sumatranus, Tropidolaemus, Tropidolaemus wagleri

The purpose of this application, under Articles 12 and 75.3 of the Code, is to conserve the long and continuing usage of the specific name wagleri for a Southeast Asian species of venomous snake by ruling that the specific name Cophias wagleri was established by F. Boie (1827). This would involve setting aside all previous usages of that name and designating a neotype. As originally proposed by Schlegel (1826) Trigonocephalus [Cophias] wagleri is a replacement name for Coluber sumatranus Raffles, 1822 but the Commission is now asked to rule that this name denotes a separate taxon. These actions are required to avoid synonymy between the two specific names and between the generic names Tropidolaemus Wagler, 1830 and Parias Gray, 1849.

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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