Nomenclator Zoologicus Volume 9 - errors in author names

David Remsen dremsen at MBL.EDU
Sat Mar 25 16:37:36 CST 2006

I did a quick check to make sure that this is a problem with the
original printed volume and not a consequence of the conversion.  I
had a brief twinge of anxiety that the conversion had gone awry and
we hadn't caught it.  To my relief it appears that the truncations
occur in the original.  Anyone finding such a record can create an
annotation record that will link to this original citation.  If it is
consistent we may try to do a more batch-oriented annotation.

It's always something.

Thank you for bringing this to light,
David Remsen

On Mar 24, 2006, at 8:43 PM, Alfred Newton wrote:

> Dear Nomenclator Zoologicus users:
> I just happened across a curious problem with many generic names in
> Vol. 9 of the printed version of Neave's Nomenclator Zoologicus,
> particularly for names dated 1992-1994, which is faithfully carried
> over into the online version of the Nomenclator at: http://
> Specifically, many of the names of authors are truncated, with the
> last 1-2 letters chopped off.  Some examples (there are multiple
> generic names for each):
> Erw 1994 should be Erwin 1994
> Ja 1994 should be Jach 1994
> Morro 1994 should be Morrone 1994
> Perki & Balfour-Browne 1994 should be Perkins & Balfour-Browne 1994
> Spring & Goodri 1994 should be Springer & Goodrich 1994
> Wa 1992 should be Watt 1992
> etc. etc.
> the winner: Declinia "Nikits Lawren, Kirejtsh & Gratsh 1993" should
> be Nikitsky, Lawrence, Kirejtshuk & Gratshev 1993!
> The problem seems to start at about 1990 and become worse until
> about half of the 1994 authors have truncated names.  So, if you
> use the Nomenclator to check a generic name and the author name(s)
> look funny, and it dates to the early 1990's, check the generic
> name on Google and you will usually find the correct full author
> name (but occasionally Google will find the truncated author name
> because the data were extracted from the Nomenclator!).
> Alfred F. Newton    <anewton at>
> Associate Curator
> Zoology Department/Insect Division
> Field Museum of Natural History    <>
> 1400 South Lake Shore Drive
> Chicago, IL 60605 USA
>         Tel. (direct line):  312-665-7738
>         Fax (Zoology Dept.):  312-665-7754
>         Austral Staphylinid PEET site including Staphyliniformia
> catalog databases:
>                 <>

David Remsen
uBio Project Manager
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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