Comments on the proposed conservation of Buettneria Case, 1922 (Amphibia) 4 (Case 3420)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:B. Hausdorf
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:61
Date Published:03/2008
Type of Article:Comment
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When proposing to conserve the name of the Triassic amphibian genusBuettneria Case, 1922 by suppressing the senior homonym Buettneria Karsch, 1889 (Insecta, Orthoptera), Lucas et al. (2007) failed to notice that there is another senior homonym, Buettneria Simroth, 1888 (Mollusca, Gastropoda). Simroth (1910) replaced the supposedly preoccupied name Buettneria Simroth, 1888 by Buettnerella Simroth, 1910. However, as already noted by van Goethem (1977), the description of Karsch was published only at the beginning of February 1889, whereas the paper of Simroth (1888) had been published on 20th February 1888. Buettneria Simroth, 1888 is in current use for African land snails. The junior homonym Buettneria Karsch, 1889 has to be replaced by its junior subjective synonym Stenacropteryx Karsch, 1896. I do not think that the use of the plenary power to suppress the generic names Buettneria Simroth, 1888 andBuettneria Karsch, 1889 would be justified to conserve the junior homonymBuettneria Case, 1922. Rather, Buettneria Case, 1922 can be replaced by Koskinonodon Branson and Mehl, 1929 as proposed by Mueller (2007) without threatening the stability or universality of nomenclature.

Additional references

Simroth, H. 1888. Über die azorisch-portugiesische Nacktschneckenfauna und ihre Beziehungen (Vorläufige Mittheilung). Zoologischer Anzeiger11: 86–90.
Simroth, H. 1910. Lissopode Nacktschnecken von Madagaskar, den Comoren und Mauritius. Unter Berücksichtigung verwandter Arten. Pp. 576–622, pl. 25–26 in Voeltzkow, A. (Ed.), Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903–1905. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse, vol. 2. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart.
Van Goethem, L. 1977. Révision systématique des Urocyclinae (Mollusca, Pulmonata, Urocyclidae). Musee Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Annales, Sciences Zoologiques218: I-XI, 1–355.

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