[Taxacom] Small mystery - the name Byrrhininus Pic

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Thu Sep 10 17:09:34 CDT 2020

There is also a fascicle by Pic from 1920, but I did not find such a 
name there.


Francisco Welter-Schultes

Am 10.09.2020 um 23:46 schrieb Tony Rees via Taxacom:
> Actually, there is an error in my original message. Pic's initial
> discussion (and single new species) are of the genus Byrrhinus, not
> Byrrhininus,
>   which is not mentioned until the following page (p.6) as a potential new
> subgenus, thus of  Byrrhinus (hence the synonymy as stated by later
> authors). Which leaves the question of the second instance in Hallan's
> Catalog, namely  Byrrhus ( Byrrhininus) Pic, 1920 [Family: Byrrhidae] -
> whether this exists as a separate entity, or is simply the same name as the
> first, presented in a different taxonomic position. Having now seen that
> the first was indeed established as a subgenus, I am inclined to think that
> the second entry may be just a duplicate in a different taxonomic position,
> but would be pleased to receive any further thoughts...
> Regards - Tony
> On Fri, 11 Sep 2020 at 06:05, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I am wondering if anyone is interested in solving a small mystery for me.
>> The beetle genus-group name Byrrhininus Pic, 1922, is presently listed
>> twice in my IRMNG compilation, based on records from Joel Hallan's Biology
>> Catalog (the latter no longer online unfortunately): once as a subgenus of
>> Byrrhus Linnaeus, 1767 [Family: Byrrhidae] (and treated in IRMNG as a
>> synonym of that name at generic level), and once a synonym of Byrrhinus
>> Motschoulsky, 1858 [Family: Limnichidae].
>> The uBio (online) copy of Neave (Nomenclator Zoologicus) has no entry for
>> "Byrrhininus" so that is not helpful in tracing the original publication[s]
>> of this name. BHL has one article by Pic from 1922 (
>> https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/36371588 plus following page) in
>> which he erects one new species of  Byrrhininus, refers to several others
>> apparently previously erected, and on the following page talks about "this
>> last species ... could perhaps be placed in a new subgenus which I name
>> Byrrhininus" [my rough understanding from the French original).
>> So, it looks like Pic may indeed have used the name twice, once as a
>> genus, once as a new subgenus (of what??), but apart from that the trail is
>> a bit clouded.  Spangler et al., 2001, in "A checklist of the Limnichidae
>> and the Lutrochidae (Coleoptera) of the world", list  Byrrhininus Pic, 1922
>> in the synonymy of  Byrrhinus Motschulsky, 1858 (which corresponds to the
>> second of Hallan's records as noted above) but the first one / putative
>> subgenus of Byrrhus may be different - or may be a duplicate to be deleted,
>> I am not sure, although Pic's statement in the BHL record I have found is
>> intriguing...
>> If anyone can shed further light on this, I would appreciate it -
>> ultimately desiring to know whether to maintain one or two entries for the
>> same "name, authority" combination in IRMNG, corresponding to one or two
>> different initially erected taxa (possibly in different families as well...)
>> Regards - Tony
>> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
>> www.irmng.org
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