[Taxacom] Nomenclatorial problem
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat Oct 4 17:57:12 CDT 2014
As a further complication, if anyone (such as Denis, 1959) used the name Acanthinozodium before 1966, and included a single species in it, then the name may have been made available therein (e.g. Acanthinozodium Denis, 1959, with type species Acanthinozodium bicoloripes Denis 1959, by monotypy and combined description). We need to see PDFs of all papers which use the name Acanthinozodium before 1966!
On Sun, 5/10/14, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Nomenclatorial problem
To: "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>, "JOCQUE Rudy" <rudy.jocque at africamuseum.be>
Cc: tpape at snm.ku.dk, dyanega at ucr.edu
Received: Sunday, 5 October, 2014, 11:46 AM
Just to clarify something, the PDF on
World Spider Catalog of the "1953" paper you refer to below
is dated 1950, and the date cited in the Catalog is 1952!
Unless there is good evidence to the contrary, the 1950 date
must be accepted. In that paper, Denis tags his new species
with n. sp., but attributes the genus to Denis, 1950. This
suggests to me that the genus may have been described in an
earlier 1950 paper, but this is presumably the 1966 paper,
right? In the quote you give below, the spelling is
Acantinozodium, not Acanthinozodium. Is that a mistake by
you? If not, then that might be the correct original
spelling of Acantinozodium Denis, 1966. From your quote,
Denis (1966) does not explicitly refer to the "1953"
publication (that seems to be an inference imposed by you).
So, that can't really be said to constitute a bibliographic
reference to the "1953" paper. So, it all depends on whether
Denis (1966) did enough to make the genus name available
independently of the "1953" paper, and we can't tell that
from what you have written! So, the valid name of the genus
could actually be Acanthinozodium Jocque, 1991, making it a
junior synonym of Zodariellum. We really need to see a PDF
of Denis (1966).
On Sat, 4/10/14, JOCQUE Rudy <rudy.jocque at africamuseum.be>
Subject: [Taxacom] Nomenclatorial problem
To: "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu"
<taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Received: Saturday, 4 October, 2014, 10:52 PM
The problem concerns a spider genus in the family
In 1953 J. Denis describes (in French) three species in a
genus ‘Acanthinozodium’ without designating a type
species. He does not do this because the publication in
which he wanted to describe the genus is greatly delayed
only appears in 1966. In the latter paper he describes
Acanthinozodium spinosum and mentions that this should
been the type species “Le genre Acantinozodium est
intermédiaire entre les Diores et les Zodarium: son type
aurait dû être A. spinulosum : mais par suite du retard
apporté à la publication de cette etude, j’ai été
amené à en donner une description très sommaire ”
In 1991, in a revision of the family, I considered
Acanthinozodium as a valid genus and designated the first
species described in the 1953 paper (A. cirrisulcatum) as
the type species. In the same paper the genus was
considered a senior synonym of Zodariellum Andreeva &
Tyschenko, 1968 described in Cyrillic. This paper is full
nomenclatorial mistakes e.g.. heading Lodariellum instead
Zodariellum; Z. continentalis is mentioned in the English
abstract as belonging to the three new Zodarion species in
the paper but described in Zodariellum, the authorsip of
taxa changes within the paper, etc).
In 2001 Marusik & Koponen consider Acanthinozodium a
nomen nudum because no type species was designated at the
first publication of the name. As a result, all species
considered congeneric with Acanthinozodium are now in
The main problem is that the inclusion of these species
based on the palpal characters of “Z. continentalis”
which is in fact a Zodarion.
In the meantime we have found some characters that allow
to define Acanthinozodium more precisely and remove
Zodariellum from its synonymy. The main question to be
solved though is whether Acanthinozodium is valid.
for a short outline of the problem.
We would appreciate your comments.
Rudy Jocqué & Arnaud Henrard
Royal Museum for Central Africa
Tervuren - Belgium
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