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Research Project: Systematics of Hemiptera and Related Groups: Plant Pests, Predators and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Case 3724 - Metochus abbreviatus Scott, 1874 (Insecta, Heteroptera): proposed precedence over Rhyparochromus erosus Walker, 1872 (currently Metochus erosus)

item REDEI, DAVID - Nankai University
item KONDOROSY, ELOD - University Of Pannonia
item ISHIKAWA, TADASHI - Kanazawa University
item AUKEMA, BEREND - Leiden University
item BRAILOVSKY, HARRY - Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico
item CARAPEZZA, ATILIO - University Of Palermo Italy
item DECKERT, JURGEN - Leibniz Institute
item DELLAPE, PABLO - Universidad De La Plata
item GAO, CUIQING - Nanjing Forestry University
item Henry, Thomas
item JUNG, SUNGHOON - Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd
item KMENT, PETR - National Museum Czech Republic
item MALIPATIL, MALLIK - Department Of Environment And Climate Change
item O'DONNELL, JANE - University Of Connecticut
item SCUDDER, GEOFREY G. - University Of British Columbia
item TOMOKUNI, MASAAKI - National Museum Of Nature And Science

Submitted to: The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/24/2017
Publication Date: 5/15/2017
Citation: Redei, D., Kondorosy, E., Ishikawa, T., Aukema, B., Brailovsky, H., Carapezza, A., Deckert, J., Dellape, P., Gao, C., Henry, T.J., Jung, S., Kment, P., Malipatil, M., O'Donnell, J., Scudder, G.E., Tomokuni, M. 2017. Case 3724 - Metochus abbreviatus Scott, 1874 (Insecta, Heteroptera): proposed precedence over Rhyparochromus erosus Walker, 1872 (currently Metochus erosus). The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 74(5):22-27.

Interpretive Summary: Scientific names form a stable foundation for discussing the organisms of the world. Each species is given a unique Latinized genus and species name called a binomial that scientist use to communicate across the many different languages. Occasionally, the same organism is given more than one binomial name, which creates a synonym and confusion. Usually, the oldest name takes priority, except in cases where the older name has not been used for many years and a younger name has been commonly used and becomes well known in the literature. In this paper, a request to suppress an infrequently used older true bug name, first proposed in 1872, over a much more well-known name proposed in 1874, is being made to the Commission of Zoological Nomenclature. This action will help insure stablity in the name of the more recently described true bug. This action will be of interest to all scientists working with this group of plant-feeding insects.

Technical Abstract: The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.3 of the Code, is to conserve the widely used specific name Metochus abbreviatus Scott, 1874, for a species of rhyparochromid bugs from East Asia. The name is threatened by the senior subjective synonym Metochus erosus (Walker, 1872), which has been seldom used since its first publication. Therefore, precedence of the name Metochus abbreviatus Scott, 1874, is proposed.