Case 3571 Crotalinus catenatus Rafinesque, 1818 (currently Sistrurus catenatus) and Crotalus tergeminus Say in James, 1822 (currently Sistrurus tergeminus; Reptilia, Serpentes): proposed conservation of usage by designation of neotypes for both species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:J. M. Savage, Crother, B. I. , Holycross, A. T.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:271
Date Published:12/2011
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Nomenclature, North America, rattlesnakes, Reptilia, Serpentes, Sistrurus, Sistrurus catenatus, Sistrurus tergeminus, taxonomy

The purpose of this application, under Articles 78.1, 78.2.3 and 81 of the Code, is to conserve the long and continuing usage of the specific name Crotalinus catenatus Rafinesque, 1818 (currently Sistrurus catenatus) for a species of pygmy rattlesnake by designation of a neotype. In addition, in order to will conserve the nearly equally long and continuous usage of the name Crotalus tergeminus Say in James, 1822 (currently Sistrurus tergeminus or Sistrurus catenatus tergeminus) for another pygmy rattlesnake, the Commission is asked to designate a neotype for this nominal species also. Newly found evidence indicates that the name Crotalinus catenatus was based on a specimen of C. tergeminus, and to conserve the names of both nominal taxa designation of neotypes for each is required.

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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