Case 3690: Alabina Dall, 1902 (Gastropoda, CERITHIOIDEA): proposed designation of the type species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2015
Authors:Bouchet, P, Strong, EE
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:196
Date Published:09/2015
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Alaba cerithidioides, Alabina, ALABINIDAE, gastropods, Nomenclature, taxonomy, western Atlantic

The purpose of this application, under Articles 65.2.2 and 70.2 of the Code, is to fix Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889 as type species of Alabina, as originally intended by Dall. Alabina Dall, 1902 (Gastropoda), is a replacement name for Elachista Dall & Simpson, 1901, non Elachista Treitschke, 1833 (Insecta). The name Elachista was introduced inadvertently a few weeks before its intended publication, with the consequence that its type species by monotypy is Bittium californicum Dall & Bartsch, 1901. Dall had intended it to be Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889, and he cited that species as type of Alabina in several publications. Bittium californicum Dall & Bartsch, 1901, and Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889, are not congeneric and not even confamilial.

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is accordingly asked:

(1) to use its plenary power to set aside all fixations of type species for Alabina Dall, 1902 prior to designation of Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889 by Dall (1902);

(2) to place on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology the following names:

(a) Alabina Dall, 1902 (gender: feminine), type species Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889, as ruled in (1) above;

(b) Elassum Woodring, 1946 (gender: neuter), type species Bittium californicum Dall & Bartsch, 1901 by original designation;

(3) to place on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology the name Alaba cerithidioides Dall, 1889, type species of Alabina Dall, 1902;

(4) to place on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Generic Names in Zoology the name Elachista Dall & Simpson, 1901, which is permanently invalid as a junior homonym of Elachista Treitschke, 1833.

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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