[Taxacom] [iczn-list] Fish nomenclature question

Lynn Raw lynn at afriherp.org
Tue Apr 6 15:07:20 CDT 2010

Further to my earlier post, it seems that my sources were not altogether correct - D. intermedia  Iglesias, 2009 should be D. intermedius (Parnell, 1837) and D. flossada Iglesias, 2009 should be D. flossadus (Risso, 1827).

There are two earlier names which are apparently ignored - D. batis (Linnaeus, 1758 as Raja batis) and D. hypostictus (Otto, 1821 as Propterygia hyposticta) - I now suspect that they are being regarded as uncertain species but question whether the designation of a neotype (if the type/s is/are lost) for D. batis may not be more appropriate.

Lynn Raw

On 6 Apr 2010, at 20:25, Lynn Raw wrote:

> In the latest issue of The Scientist (Volume 24, Issue 4, Page 27) there is an article about how the common European Skate Dipturus batis (Linnaeus, 1758) has now been found to comprise two separate species, D. intermedia  Iglesias, 2009 and D. flossada Iglesias, 2009. Could someone explain why one of these two species is not named D. batis. This would make sense if D. batis was found to include the other two species making a total of three species but only two species are mentioned in the article.
> Thank you and apologies to anyone upset by the cross-posting but the two lists have different memberships and interests.
> Lynn Raw
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