Case 3579 Scarabaeus fimetarius Linnaeus, 1758 (currently Aphodius fimetarius; Insecta, Coleoptera, SCARABAEIDAE): proposed conservation of usage of the specific name by designation of a neotype

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:Angus, RB, Wilson, CJ, Krell, F-T
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:29
Date Published:03/2012
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:APHODIINAE, Aphodius, Aphodius fimetarius, Aphodius foetens, Aphodius pedellus, dung beetle, Holarctic, Nomenclature, Recent, SCARABAEIDAE, taxonomy

The purpose of this application, under Articles 75.5 and 75.6 of the Code, is to conserve the current usage of the name Aphodius fimetarius (Linnaeus, 1758) for a Holarctic species of aphodiine dung beetle. Since a different species has been erroneously designated as the lectotype, it is proposed that the previous type fixations for the species Aphodius fimetarius (Linnaeus, 1758) be set aside and a neotype consistent with the current usage be designated. Given that the species diagnostic morphological characters show variation overlapping with those of the most similar species, Aphodius pedellus (De Geer, 1774), we suggest a modern, chromosomally determined specimen as the neotype.

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