Help with a reference

Margaret K. Thayer mthayer at FIELDMUSEUM.ORG
Thu Jul 11 13:08:57 CDT 2002

The molluscan name may not be in trouble.  It's entirely possible that the
beetle name Badistes Agassiz, 1847 (which I assume was published in his
Nomenclatoris zoologici index universalis, continens [long title] ...) is
an unjustified emendation of Badister rather than a valid new name or
taxon.  It would be good to check the original "description" before jumping
to a broad-impact conclusion.  If that is indeed the Agassiz reference, I
can check it if none of the directly interested parties has access to it.

Margaret Thayer

At 10:32 AM 11-07-02 -0700, you wrote:
>Per US Natl Mus Bull. 239:
>Badistes A. A. Gould, 1862, Otia Conchologica, p. 243.  Type species Helix
>gulosa Gould, 1846 (NSW), by monotypy.
>If Badistes Agassiz, 1847, is an available name, it sounds like we
>malacologists have to step aside.
>  Robin Leech wrote:Badistes (as a beetle genus was described in 1847 by
> Agassiz), and Badister, a valid genus for Carabidae, was described in
> 1806. Badistes is listed as a junior synonym of Badister in 1927 in CSIKI
> catalogue....


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