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Case 3804


Case 3804: Magelona filiformis minuta Wilson, 1959 and Magelona minuta Eliason, 1962 (Annelida, Magelonidae): proposed conservation by suppression of Magelona filiformis minuta Wilson, 1959

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2020
Authors: Mortimer, K., Mills, K.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:115
Date Published:12/2020
Type of Article:Case
Keywords: Nomenclature, taxonomy, Annelida, Magelonidae, Magelona minuta, Magelona filiformis minuta, shovelhead worms, Europe, Western Africa

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the specific name of the shovelhead worm, Magelona minuta Eliason, 1962 (Annelida, Magelonidae), in the interest of nomenclatural stability. Magelona minuta is distributed from Scandinavia to West Africa and its name has appeared extensively in ecological and taxonomic works, polychaete guides and biodiversity reports. However, in 1959 Wilson had already described a variety of Magelona filiformis Wilson, 1959 as M. filiformis minuta. Having been proposed prior to 1961, this trinomen is both the available name of a subspecies under Article 45.6.4 of the Code and a senior primary homonym of M. minuta Eliason, 1962. Particularly for ecologists, the introduction of a new name for Eliason’s well-known species would represent an undesirable disturbance to established nomenclature; therefore, suppression of M. filiformis minuta Wilson, 1959 is proposed.

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