|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2008|
|Authors:||C. A. Tauber|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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I strongly support John Oswald’s application to conserve the specific names Hemerobius elegans Stephens, 1836 and Hemerobius elegans Guérin-Méneville, 1844 for two species of lacewings in separate, well-recognized families. The duplication of names has not led to any confusion for over 150 years, and there is not even a remote likelihood that it would do so in the future. In contrast, suppression of the junior homonym would require additional name changes in a small genus that has already undergone several recent alterations. For stability and simplicity, I urge the Commission to use its plenary power to conserve the junior homonym and place both names on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology.
Comment on the proposed conservation of the specific names Hemerobius elegans Stephens, 1836 (currently Sympherobius elegans) and Hemerobius elegans Guérin-Méneville, 1844 (currently Vieira elegans) (Insecta, Neuroptera) (Case 3392)