|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2008|
|Authors:||R. M. Sullivan|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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I support the application of Lucas et al. (2007) to conserve the long- and widely-used name of the Late Triassic metoposaurid amphibian Buettneria Case, 1922.Buettneria is one of the few Mesozoic vertebrates known from Pennsylvania that is represented by cranial and postcranial remains. As such, this metoposaurid has been the subject of much interest on the national, international and local levels (Kochanov & Sullivan, 1994; Lucas & Sullivan, 1996; Sullivan et al., 1995). It is also a name that is widely used in many museum exhibits where material of this metoposaurid is on display. Abandoning this well known, and widely used, name because it is the homonym of a little-used, and arguably obscure, name of an insect (Buettneria Karsch, 1888), only serves to destabilize zoological nomenclature. Thus, the name Buettneria Karsch, 1888 should be suppressed, and the name Buettneria Case, 1922 should be conserved.
Kochanov, W.E. & Sullivan, R.M. 1994. Finding phytosaurs in Pennsylvania: the story of Stahle, Sinclair, and Zions View. Pennsylvania Geology, 25(1): 3–8.
Comments on the proposed conservation of Buettneria Case, 1922 (Amphibia) 2 (Case 3420)