[Taxacom] Costelytra zealandica - Epic fail!
calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 21:01:56 CDT 2016
Fortunately anyone with any sense can just stick with the established name.
On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 9:41 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
> Just to ensure that we are all on the same page on this: what the authors
> have done is to dredge up the old (1846) type material for what is now
> known universally as Costelytra zealandica (perhaps the most published
> species name in all of N.Z. entomology!) and find that neither of the two
> syntypes (there could be others) that they examined actually are that
> species (i.e. the species known universally as Costelytra zealandica). So
> they have designated one of those syntypes as lectotype (thereby making the
> name Costelytra zealandica definitely misidentified), and renamed the
> infamous pest species as a new species Costelytra giveni. There is no
> suggestion that they have even considered conservation of prevailing usage
> as an option! Big sigh! Just to rub salt in the wound, the ZooBank
> preregistration for the article just consists of an AUTHOR record filled in
> as if it were a taxon record!
> So, overall, it is one small step for the authors, and one giant leap
> backwards for mankind!
> On Sat, 15/10/16, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com> wrote:
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Costelytra zealandica - Epic fail!
> To: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at ucr.edu>
> Cc: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Received: Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 2:17 PM
> of the identity of Costelytra zealandica(White 1846)
> (Coleoptera: Scarabeidae: Melolonthinae) a
> species commonly known as the
> New Zealand
> grass grub
> M. M. Coca-Abia <http://www.tandfonline.com/author/Coca-Abia%2C+M+M>
> & J.
> Romero-Samper <http://www.tandfonline.com/author/Romero-Samper%2C+J>
> White (1846) described
> *Rhisotrogus* *zealandicus* from two syntypes,
> however no lectotype has since been designated.
> When the genus
> *Costelytra* Given
> 1952 was described, with *Rhisotrogus
> zealandicus* White 1846 as its type
> Given’s description of this species was based on 400
> collected at different localities
> in New Zealand as White’s syntypes were
> not available to him. Later, Given (1960)
> examined one of the syntypes,
> stating that
> it was identical to specimens he used to describe
> *C. zealandica*, but a lectoype was not
> designated at this time. So, the
> aims of
> this paper are: (i) to provide a detailed description of
> external morphology, mouthparts and male
> genitalia based on the syntypes of
> zealandicus*; (ii) to compare these type specimens with the
> by Given (1952); (iii) to
> compare the syntypes to establish if they are
> conspecific; (iv) to designate an appropriate
> lectotype and (v) to study a
> series of *C. zealandica* collected from throughout New
> Zealand to establish the status of the taxon
> currently known as
> *C. zealandica*.
> Differences between the syntype specimens, and Given’s
> (1952) description of the New Zealand specimens
> were found. In addition,
> White’s syntypes
> are not conspecific. As a result *Costelytra giveni* n.
> sp. is established and described to represent
> the species currently known
> as the ‘New
> Zealand grass grub’.
> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:07
> PM, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
> > On 10/14/16
> 4:33 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> >> doi: 10.1080/00779962.2016.1230254
> > This turns up
> nothing via Google, nor does the title. Can you provide a
> > link?
> > Peace,
> > --
> > Doug Yanega
> Dept. of Entomology Entomology
> Research Museum
> > Univ. of California,
> Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
> > phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer:
> opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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> > is the true
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