We support the reversal of precedence of Coprinisphaera Sauer 1955 overFontanai Roselli 1939 as proposed by Krell, instead of the conservation of the ichnogeneric name Coprinisphaera Sauer, 1955 by suppressing the senior synonym Fontanai Roselli, 1939 as proposed by Genise et al. (BZN 63: 243–246), thus avoiding the suppression of a name that might represent a distinct ichnotaxon in a future refined ichnotaxonomy.
Genise et al. (BZN 63: 243–246) proposed the conservation of the ichnogeneric name Coprinisphaera Sauer, 1955 by suppressing the senior synonym FontanaiRoselli, 1939. I fully support that Coprinisphaera should be used as the valid name for the fossil dung balls.
I support the application by Bellamy & Moore to conserve the prevailing usage of the generic name i Chevrolat, 1838. I agree with the authors’ proposed suppression of Lasionota Mannerheim, 1837 in favour of Dactylozodes Chevrolat, 1838 (BUPRESTIDAE). Mannerheim’s name has hardly been used for more than 100 years, and can be treated as a nomen oblitum.
I write to ask for an amendment to the application to conserve the usage of the name Dactylozodes Chevrolat, 1838 proposed by myself and T. Moore Rodriguez.
I am in full support of the application to give precedence to the generic nameAtaenius Harold, 1867 over Aphodinus Motschulsky, 1862. I write as a specialist of these beetles on a world basis, who has used the name Ataenius for many years in several papers and books.
I would like to go on record as supporting the proposal by Morris to conserve the name Curculio contractus Marsham (currently Ceutorhynchus contractus) for a widespread cabbage-feeding weevil. The synonymy of Ceutorhynchus contractus(Marsham) and Ceutorhynchus pallipes Crotch is rather questionable, and may be overturned at any time by ongoing molecular and morphological studies. At present the former name is connected to a widespread pest of cabbages, and the latter to an obscure island taxon of conservation significance.
I would like to register my support for the proposal by Krell et al. to conserve the generally used names Gnorimus and Osmoderma for two related genera of scarab beetles of conservation importance. These names are well used outside taxonomic circles because of the large size, beauty and rarity of the beetles concerned. Instability in scientific names that are frequently used by the non-scientific public breeds disrespect for scientific nomenclature in general, and leads to increased reliance on a secondary system of vernacular nomenclature.
Systematics of the genus Hydroporus has been the main focus of my research for more than ten years. In numerous papers on taxonomy, faunistics, ecology, phenology and larval morphology Hydroporus discretus was always treated by me under this name. A very important reason to conserve the name H. discretus is that recently it has been published as a valid name in two very important catalogues (Nilsson, 2001, 2003). If H. neuter is used as a valid name, it would cause considerable nomenclatural confusion.
The proposed change of name appears to contradict all zoological and nomenclatural sense and I wholeheartedly support your endeavours to have the name Hydroporus discretus conserved.
I totally agree that the name Hydroporus discretus Fairmaire & Brisout de
Barneville should be conserved to avoid ‘sinking’ a century of work accessed through that name.