[Taxacom] a question about diagnosing species-group taxa

Frank T. Krell Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Mon May 24 17:40:42 CDT 2021

I have an old example: In 1963 Nonveiller described a subspecies of the common European june beetle Amphimallon solstitiale on the basis of different swarming times. The species normally swarms in the evening, but that one population in Serbia swarmed in the morning:
Nonveiller, Q. [should be G.] 1963. Amphimallon solstitialis matutinalis, ssp. nov. (Scarabaeidae, Coleoptera). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 35: 172-176. [in German]

There is another example of two European species which are very similar and most easily distinguished by their swarming time, Amphimallon assimile and burmeisteri. They were, however, not described on the basis of this trait, but I published about it: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjLm8OwsOPwAhWyMX0KHYHFBXIQFjAAegQIAxAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.researchgate.net%2Fpublication%2F317341323_Amphimallon_burmeisteri_BRENSKE_1886_Designation_des_Lectotypus_und_Abgrenzung_von_A_assimile_HERBST_1790_Coleoptera_Scarabaeidae_Melolonthinae-die_Schwarmzeit_als_entscheidendes_Bestimmungsmerkmal&usg=AOvVaw0j8as_rMDCxssfht_lBxh8 [also in German]
We all need to learn German (or re-learn).


Dr. Frank-Thorsten Krell
Senior Curator of Entomology, Editor-in-Chief
Commissioner and Councillor, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
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From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> On Behalf Of igor pavlinov via Taxacom
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Subject: [Taxacom] a question about diagnosing species-group taxa

Dear taxacomers.
does any one of you know the case(s) of the diagnosing of a newly described species-group taxon based on the ethological traits?
This issue seems to concern current debates about descriptions of new taxa based on the photos of the life animals (e.g.,   https://doi.org/10.11646/bionomina.12.1 ) .
Any relevant reference(s) would be highly appreciated.
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Igor Ya. Pavlinov, DrS
Zoological Museum of Lomonosov Moscow State University ul. Bol'shaya Nikitskaya 6
125009 Moscow
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