Case 3589 Hemerodromia Meigen, 1822 and HEMERODROMIINAE Schiner, 1862 (Insecta, Diptera, EMPIDIDAE): proposed conservation of usage of the genus-group and family-group names

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:Evenhuis, NL, Plant, AR
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:191
Date Published:09/2012
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Chelifera, Diptera, empidid flies, EMPIDIDAE, Hemerodromia, Hemerodromia monostigma, HEMERODROMIINAE, Nomenclature, Phyllodromia, Tachydromia mantispa, Tachydromia oratoria, taxonomy, worldwide

The purpose of this application, under Article 70.2 of the Code, is to
conserve the current usage of the generic name Hemerodromia Meigen, 1822, for a
well-established genus of empidid flies. The type species of Hemerodromia has long
been assumed to be Tachydromia oratoria Fallén, 1815, designated by Rondani in
1856. However, an earlier type-species designation of Tachydromia mantispa Meigen
in Panzer, 1806, which is currently recognized as a valid species of Phyllodromia
Zettersedt, 1837, was made by Westwood in 1840. Additionally, one more type
designation was found for Hemerodromia that is earlier than that of Rondani (1856):
that by Blanchard in 1845 of Hemerodromia monostigma Meigen, 1822, which is
currently recognized as a species of Chelifera Macquart, 1823. Acceptance of either
of these earlier designations would threaten stability of nomenclature and taxonomy
of the common and worldwide genus group taxon Hemerodromia Meigen, 1822.
Acceptance of the Westwood designation would make Hemerodromia the senior
synonym of Phyllodromia Zetterstedt, 1837. Acceptance of the Blanchard designation
would make Hemerodromia a senior synonym of Chelifera Macquart, 1823. Either
change would require species in Hemerodromia to be placed in the next available
genus, Microdromia Bigot, 1857. To avoid the nomenclatural and taxonomic
instability that would result from following the Principle of Priority, it is proposed
that all type fixations for Hemerodromia Meigen, 1822 prior to that of Tachydromia
oratoria Fallén, 1815 by Rondani (1856) be set aside.

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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