Comments on the proposed conservation of Buettneria Case, 1922 (Amphibia) 2 (Case 3420)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:R. M. Sullivan
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:60
Date Published:03/2008
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 Geology25(1): 3–8.
Lucas, S.G. & Sullivan, R.M. 1996. Fossils provide a Pennsylvania standard for part of Late Triassic time. Pennsylvania Geology27(4): 8–13.
Sullivan, R.M., Lucas, S.G. & Randal, K.A. 1995. Late Triassic vertebrate fauna from the Zions View locality (Little Conewago Creek), York County, Pennsylvania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology15, Supplement to no. 3, 55A. (abstract).

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