Termes serratus Froggatt, 1898 (currently Microcerotermes serratus) and Termes serrula Desneux, 1904 (currently Microcerotermes serrula) (Insecta, Isoptera, TERMITINAE): proposed conservation of the specific names

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:Jones, DT
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:64
Issue:2
Start Page:83
Pagination:83-86
Date Published:06/2007
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Australia, Isoptera, Microcerotermes serratus, Microcerotermes serrula, Nomenclature, Southeast Asia, taxonomy, termites, TERMITIDAE, TERMITINAE
Abstract:

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the specific names Termes serratus Froggatt, 1898 (currently Microcerotermes serratus) and Termes serrula Desneux, 1904 (currently Microcerotermes serrula) (Isoptera, TERMITINAE) for two species of termite. Both names are currently invalid: T. serratus Froggatt, 1898 is a junior primary homonym of T. serratus Haviland, 1898 and T. serrula Desneux, 1904 is an unjustified replacement name for T. serratus Haviland, 1898. However, the name T. serratus Froggatt has been used since its publication to refer to an Australian termite species, while the name T. serrula Desneux, 1904 has been used since its publication to refer to a species from Southeast Asia. Roisin & Pasteels (2000) proposed that the name T. serratus Froggatt, 1898 should be replaced with T. parviceps Mjöberg, 1920, its earliest synonym, and that the name T. serrula Desneux, 1904 should be replaced with T. serratus Haviland, 1898. However, these corrections would result in considerable confusion and nomenclatural instability, and it is therefore proposed that the specific names be conserved.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith