Case 3596 Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Arachnida Araneae, SPARASSIDAE): proposed conservation of the generic name

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:M. Moradmand, Jäger P.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:249
Date Published:12/2012
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Arabian Peninsula, Cercetius, Cercetius perezi, Eusparassus, Eusparassus dufouri, huntsman spiders, Nomenclature, Persian Gulf, taxonomy

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the widely used generic name Eusparassus Simon, 1903 for a well-known huntsman spider genus from Africa and Eurasia currently with 30 known valid species. The name is threatened by its little-used senior synonym Cercetius Simon, 1902. Simon (1902) established the name Cercetius for a monotypic taxon based on a juvenile specimen of C. perezi Simon, 1902. The generic name has never been used as valid except in catalogues and other lists. The discovery of adult specimens of C. perezi in the type locality and nearby regions supports the synonymy of Cercetius with Eusparassus. The putative junior synonym Eusparassus is however a longaccepted name and it should be conserved to maintain stability of nomenclature in this taxonomic group.

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