Case 3576 Oscinella Becker, 1909 (Insecta, Diptera, CHLOROPIDAE): proposed conservation by reversal of precedence with Melanochaeta Bezzi, 1906 and Pachychaetina Hendel, 1907

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:von Tschirnhaus, M, Nartshuk, EP
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:37
Date Published:03/2012
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Afrotropical, Australasian, CHLOROPIDAE, Diptera, frit fly, Holarctic, Insecta, Lasiochaeta, Melanochaeta, Melanochaeta capreolus, Neotropical, Nomenclature, Oriental, Oscinella, Oscinella frit, Pachychaeta, Pachychaetina, Pachychoeta, Palaearctic, taxonomy

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the widely used generic name Oscinella Becker, 1909 (CHLOROPIDAE). The name Oscinella is threatened by its senior subjective synonyms Melanochaeta Bezzi, 1906 and Pachychaetina Hendel, 1907. Strict application of the Code would result in the name Oscinella frit (Linnaeus, 1758), uniformly used for ‘frit fly’, one of the most serious pests of cereals in the Palaearctic, having to change its generic epithet. It is proposed that Oscinella be given precedence over Melanochaeta and its objective synonym Pachychaetina over Oscinella Becker, 1909 whenever these names are considered to be synonyms.

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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