Comments on the proposed conservation of ARANEIDAE Clerck, 1758, Araneus Clerck, 1758 and Tegenaria Latreille, 1804 (Arachnida, Araneae) 3 (Case 3371)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:H. W. Levi
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:46
Date Published:03/2008
Type of Article:Comment
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Forty years ago I was unsuccessful finding a designated type species for the genus Aranea and designated A. diadema L. as type (Levi. 1971, p. 133). It was overlooked by Kluge (Kluge, personal communication). I think this type designation solves the hypothetical problem presented by Kluge (Case 3371). There is no objection to having similar generic names Aranea and Araneus,Aranea now a synonym of Araneus. The type species of both genera are much alike. Problems of hypothetical family names based on similar generic names have been solved in the past.
  Latreille’s type designation (and I have not checked on this), forgotten for 200 years, could be annulled, but both the Preamble of the Code and General Recommendations of the Code stress stability of Nomenclature, not searching for obsolete names, making the use of this old type designation unlikely. I do not think that there is a nomenclatural problem.

Additional reference

Levi, H.W. 1971. The diadematus group of the orb-weaver genus Araneus North of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology,141(4): 131–179.

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