Comments on the proposed conservation of Oncopus Thorell, 1876 and ONCOPODIDAE Thorell, 1876 (Arachnida, Opiliones) (Case 3350)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:G. Giribet
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:64
Date Published:03/2007
Type of Article:Comment
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I found it strange that the names Oncopus and ONCOPODIDAE are pre-occupied, but I concur with the authors’ view about the inconvenience of using a new name for both taxa since these two names are widely used in the arachnological literature. In addition, I am one of three Editors of a book currently in press with Harvard University Press (Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones) where both Oncopus and ONCOPODIDAE are used, and it would be bad if the names were replaced at the same time that the book came out. It would certainly create unnecessary confusion in the systematic community and would definitely not contribute to the interests of nomenclatural stability.

Similar letters of support for the conservation of Oncopus and ONCOPODIDAE were received from Dr Peter Jäger (Sektion Arachnologie, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt, Germany (e-mail:, Dr. Jürgen Gruber (Curator of Arachnida (retired), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, 3 Zoologische Abteilung, Burgring 7, A-1010 Wien, Austria (e-mail: and Pakawin Dankittipakul (TIGER Insect Museum, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, P.O. Box 7, Mae Rim 50180, Chiang Mai, Thailand (e-mail:

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