International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Case 3750


Case 3750: Dasypeltis atra Sternfeld, 1912 (Reptilia, Serpentes): proposed precedence over Dasypeltis lineolata Peters, 1878

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:3750
Authors: Bates, M. F.
Journal:Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Start Page:135
Date Published:09/2018
Type of Article:Case
Keywords: Nomenclature, taxonomy, Reptilia, Squamata, COLUBRIDAE, Dasypeltis atra, Dasypeltis lineolata, Africa, montane egg-eating snake

The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the specific name Dasypeltis atra Sternfeld, 1912 which is in widespread use for a widely distributed species of snake (family Colubridae) from central and eastern Africa by giving it precedence over its seldom-used senior synonym Dasypeltis lineolata Peters, 1878. Dasypeltis lineolata was used as a valid name in 1884 and 1894, and then again only in 2016.

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Case 3750


Taxonomic Group(s):
Reptilia, Squamata

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