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We are writing in support of the application by Howden & Smetana to give precedence to the generic name Ataenius Harold, 1867 over Aphodinus Motschulsky, 1862, whenever they are considered synonyms.
We have to point out, however, that the name Ataenius Harold, 1867 (type species Ataenius scutellaris Harold,
1867 by subsequent designation by Chapin, 1940, p. 12 and not
Cartwright, 1974 as incorrectly indicated in the application) is also
I strongly support the conservation of the name Ataenius Harold,
1867 because changing a name for one of the largest genera of
SCARABAEIDAE, that is amongst the most frequently used scarab names in
the taxonomic, ecological and applied literature and has even been
adopted as a common name for an important pest species, would cause
widespread confusion. This confusion would be even more severe since
Despite having studied Greek and Latin in High School and been good at
those, I prefer the traditional approach and I am 100% for
MAGASCELINAE, LAMPROSOMINAE and AULACOSCELINAE, so I support this