Case 3611 Basilosaurus kochii Reichenbach, 1847 (currently Zygorhiza kochii; Mammalia, Cetacea): proposed replacement of the holotype by a neotype

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2013
Authors:M. D. Uhen
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:103
Date Published:06/2013
Type of Article:Case
Keywords:Alabama, Basilo- saurus, BASILOSAURIDAE, Basilosaurus kochii, Cetacea, Eocene, Mammalia, Nomenclature, primitive whales, taxonomy, Zygorhiza, Zygorhiza kochii

The purpose of this application, under Article 75.5 of the Code, is to set aside the existing, non-diagnostic holotype of Basilosaurus kochii Reichenbach, 1847 (currently Zygorhiza kochii) and designate a neotype. The designation of a neotype is necessary to conserve the prevailing usage of the specific name and resolve questions of synonymy between Zygorhiza kochii and the closely related and geographically proximal species Dorudon serratus (Gibbes, 1845; True, 1908) and Chrysocetus healyorum.

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