[Taxacom] emelianovi or emeljanovi

Thomas Pape TPape at snm.ku.dk
Mon Jan 28 16:16:37 CST 2008

The Code states that the original spelling of a name should be
maintained unless it is demonstrably incorrect from evidence in the
original publication itself.

If the original spelling of the species-group name is "Limois
emelianovi", and if the original paper mentions that the species is
named after "A. A. Emelianov", it does not matter if the correct
spelling/transliteration (however evaluated) of the man's name is
Emelianov, Emeljanov or Emel'yanov. What count is the original spelling
and whether there is INTERNAL evidence of an inadvertent error.

As this does not seem to be the case, the spelling "emelianovi" is
correct and should be used.

Thomas Pape
Natural History Museum of Denmark

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Soowon Cho
Sent: 28. januar 2008 22:44
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] emelianovi or emeljanovi

Dear members,

I have a question on this nomenclature problem.  This cercopid species,
Limois emelianovi Oshanin was, according to the paper, named after A.A.
Emelianov by Oshanin in 1908.  The problem is that someone (I don't know
who, but it was in ITIS site) referred this and said it should be Limois
emeljanovi, probably due to a misspelling of the name. In the original
description written in German, it stated as follows:
1906 von A. A. Emelianov bei Vladivostok gefangen und von ihm dem
Zoologischen Museum zum Geschenk ubergeben.

My question is if what is the correct spelling of this Russian person,
Emelianov, Emeljanov, or Emel'yanov?  Is there any chance that Emelianov
an English-translated name of Emeljanov or something? Is it absolutely a
If I understood the ICZN correctly, I should follow the corrected
(emeljanovi) rather than apparently misspelled name (emelianovi). Please
give me an advice on this confusion.
Soowon Cho
chosoowon at gmail.com
Dept Plant Medicine
Chungbuk Nat'l Univ
Cheongju, 361-763
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