Case 3410 Raja say Le Sueur, 1817 (currently Dasyatis say; Chondrichthyes, Myliobatiformes, DASYATIDAE): proposed change of spelling to Raja sayi Le Sueur, 1817

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:Santos, HRS, de Carvalho, MR
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:119
Date Published:06/2008
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:bluntnose stingray, Chondrichthyes, DASYATIDAE, Dasyatis say, Dasyatis sayi, Myliobatiformes, Nomenclature, taxonomy, western Atlantic

The purpose of this application, under Article 33.2.3 of the Code, is to rule that the spelling of the name Raja say Le Sueur, 1817 (currently Dasyatis say) of bluntnose stingray be changed to Raja sayi Le Sueur, 1817 to follow Müller & Henle’s (1841) unjustified emendation. The spelling Raja sayi Le Sueur, 1817 is in prevailing usage, and therefore could be conserved under Article of the Code, but the exact meaning of ‘prevailing usage’ as it formulated in Article is not sufficiently clear, allowing for subjectivity. It is proposed that the spelling be changed to sayi to ensure stability and future uniformity of use.

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