Many species of LATRIDIIDAE are of great economic importance worldwide and a vastamount has been published on their biology and control using the current familyname. Most seeking the latest information and advice on damaging latridiid specieswill not be aware of taxonomic changes as they happen and will undoubtedly missout on future publications should the name ‘CORTICARIIDAE’ be used, possibly withserious economic consequences. In this case I consider it would be seriously confusingif not downright obstructive to adopt the older name.
Since Herbst (1793) for about 200 years the name LATRIDIIDAE (LATRIDIUS, LATRIDIEN,or LATHRIDIIDAE) has been used and has become the generally known and acknowl-edged name for this group of beetles.With the splendid work of my friend Colin Johnson (formerly of ManchesterMuseum) I think we now have a good basis and a stable nomenclature for theLATRIDIIDAE.
I wish to support the proposal. The name LATRIDIIDAE is so widely used inter-nationally that a change to CORTICARIIDAE would cause very much confusion,especially as the new Palaearctic catalogue (Johnson, 2007b) will be the guide forentomologists for a long time. I think, however, that it might be worth mentioningsomewhere that the type species of the genus Latridius Herbst has until recently beengenerally known as Latridius anthracinus Mannerheim, a name listed by Johnson(2007b) in the synonymy of Latridius porcatus Herbst.
I’d also like to ask to reverse the precedence of the older name CORTICARIIDAE and tocontinue using the most common name LATRIDIIDAE. I have worked now for 12 yearson this family and it would be much better and of more use for science (and also formyself) to preserve the well-known name LATRIDIIDAE.
With regard to LATRIDIIDAE (Coleoptera) which is threatened by the senior nameCORTICARIIDAE, having been changed from LATHRIDIIDAE, the current family name isnow well established and a further change would be unnecessarily problematic,especially given the recent publication of the Coleoptera of Europe Vol. 1 by Rucker ̈& Wagner (2008) which uses the current name, as does the most recent checklist ofbeetles of the British Isles by Duff (2008).