order group names -Reply

Denis Brothers brothers at ZOOLOGY.UNP.AC.ZA
Tue Jun 18 17:59:44 CDT 1996

PLEASE, do not use the first and long-forgotten spelling.  Since the Code
does not cover order-group names there is no compulsion to apply strict
priority.  In any case, even if the Code were to cover them, a very good
case could be made for their suppression in cases such as this because of
their detrimental effects on stability.  The main purpose of nomenclature is
to promote unambiguous and stable names, so don't destroy that for
pedantic reasons.  I suggest that you use whatever name appears to have
greatest currency in contemporary general textbooks of entomology, in this
case probably Raphidioptera (as in Insects of Australia, 2nd ed.).
Denis J. Brothers (Prof.)                  brothers at zoology.unp.ac.za
Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
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