Diomedea melanophris Temminck, 1828 (currently Thalassarche melanophris; Aves, Procellariiformes): proposed conservation of original spelling

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:J. - F. Voisin, Carlos C. J.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:129
Date Published:06/2008
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Atlantic, Aves, Black-browed Albatross, DIOMEDEIDAE, Indian and Pacific Oceans, Nomenclature, Procellariiformes, taxonomy, Thalassarche melanophris, Thalassarche melanophrys

The purpose of this application, under Articles 33.2.3 and 33.3 of the Code, is to rule that the name of the Black-browed Albatross Diomedea melanophris Temminck, 1828 (currently Thalassarche melanophris) is confirmed as the correct original spelling. Since 1839, half of authors have used melanophris and the other half melanophrys, following Temminck’s (1839) incorrect subsequent spelling. The difference is not statistically significant, and it is proposed that the original spelling is confirmed as correct to follow the priority and to promote stability.

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