Comment on the proposed conservation of Atractus Wagler, 1828 and Atractus trilineatus Wagler, 1828 (Reptilia, Serpentes) (Case 3365)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:C. W. Myers, Schargel W. E.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:63
Date Published:03/2008
Type of Article:Comment
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As concerned taxonomists who separately and collaboratively continue to publish on Atractus we strongly support conservation of this name as proposed by Hoogmoed & Savage (BZN 64: 60–63). The senior name Brachyura Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1822 has not been used for well over a century and is virtually forgotten. The name Atractus Wagler, 1828, on the other hand is recognized by a wide range of biologists, inasmuch as it applies to the largest genus of colubrid snakes in the New World.

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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