Following four years of highly charged debate, the rules for publication of scientific names of animals have been changed to allow electronic publications to meet the requirements of the stringent International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. In a landmark decision, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) has passed an amendment to its rules that means a publication in an electronic-only scientific journal will be ‘legitimate’ if it meets criteria of archiving and the publication is registered on the ICZN’s official online registry, ZooBank.
In our case we proposed the designation of USNM 86472 at the National Museum of Natural History, U.S.A., from Winfield, Cowley, Kansas, U.S.A. as the neotype of Crotalus tergeminus, the Western Massassagua. That decision was based on the lack of agreement by previous authors as to the provenance of the two syntypes of the nominal species variously cited to be from between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains headwaters of the Arkansas River, from what is now western Iowa or from northeastern Colorado (Dundee, ‘1996’, 1997, p. 8).
Committee on Lists of Available Names
Chair: Miguel Alonso-Zarazaga
Members: Richard Pyle and Philippe Bouchet
Remit: to develop a generalised protocol and guidelines for submission of names to be considered for entry onto the LAN
Ad-hoc Committee on the Proposed Candidate Part LAN for species-group taxa of Rotifera
Chair: Daphne Fautin
Members: David Patterson, Thomas Pape, and Hongzhang Zhou