[Taxacom] Neil Evenhuis's new species, Phthiria relativitae

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 27 21:42:05 CDT 2007

    I believe that the Oligodranes species you are thinking of is another 
humorous name, Oligodranes humbug Evenhuis, but it is now Apolysis humbug 
(Evenhuis).  The species Phthiria relativitae Evenhuis was apparently 
reassigned to another genus by Evenhuis himself about a year after he named 
it, and is apparently still called Poecilognathus relativitae (Evenhuis, 

     However, the name Phthiria relativitae apparently appears in the August 
2007 issue of Discover, but I don't know the context in which it was 
          Ken Kinman

>From: Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Neil Evenhuis's new species, Phthiria relativitae
>Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:43:41 -0700
> >  > Neil Evenhuis described a new spcies of bee fly
> >>  (Bombyliidae) from the US Southwest.  It is named
> >>  Phthiria relativitae, n.sp.  Pronounced Theory O'
> >  > Relativity.
>That was back in 1985; the species is no longer in the genus
>Phthiria, unfortunately - it is now in Oligodranes, as I recall. All
>of those sorts of names are either on my home page
>(http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html) or linked there (e.g.,
>Phthiria relativitae is cited at
>Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
>Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
>phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
>               http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html

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