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)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:C. A. Tauber
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:65
Issue:1
Start Page:49
Pagination:49-50
Date Published:03/2008
Type of Article:Comment
ISSN:0007-5167
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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.

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