Case 3687: Phrynus mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004 (Arachnida, Amblypygi, PHRYNIDAE): proposed conservation of the specific name as a junior primary homonym of Phrynus mexicanus Bilimek, 1867

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2015
Authors:Dunlop, JA, Harvey, MS, Poinar, Jr, GO
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Volume:72
Issue:3
Start Page:201
Pagination:201-203
Date Published:09/2015
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Amblypygi, Chiapas amber, Mexico, Miocene, Nomenclature, Paraphrynus, PHRYNIDAE, Phrynus, Phrynus mexicanus, taxonomy, whip spider
Abstract:

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.5 of the Code, is to conserve the specific name Phrynus mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004 which was proposed for a fossil whip spider (Arachnida, Amblypygi, PHRYNIDAE) preserved in Chiapas (Mexican) amber. This fossil species was initially described under the grammatically erroneous combination Phrynus mexicana. However, correcting the species epithet to mexicanus renders it a junior primary homonym of a Recent Mexican whip spider, Phrynus mexicanus Bilimek, 1867. The Recent species was subsequently transferred to the genus Paraphrynus Moreno, 1940, to give the current combination Paraphyrnus mexicanus (Bilimek, 1867), and neither species has ever been considered congeneric with the other.

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is accordingly asked:

(1) to use its plenary power to rule that the name mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004, as published in the binomen Phrynus mexicana, is not invalid by reason of being a junior primary homonym of mexicanus Bilimek, 1867, as published in the binomen Phrynus mexicanus;

(2) to place on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology the name mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004, as published in the binomen Phrynus mexicana, with the endorsement that it shall not be invalid by reason of being a junior primary homonym of mexicanus Bilimek, 1867, as published in the binomen Phrynus mexicanus.

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