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Case 3539. Sturmia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, Senometopia Macquart, 1834 and Drino Robineau-Desvoidy, 1863 (Insecta, Diptera, Tachinidae): proposed conservation of usage.

O'Hara, J.E. and Evenhuis, N.L. (2011). "Case 3539. Sturmia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, Senometopia Macquart, 1834 and Drino Robineau-Desvoidy, 1863 (Insecta, Diptera, Tachinidae): proposed conservation of usage.", Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 68(1), pp. 61-64.

Abstract

The purpose of this application, under Article 70.2 of the Code, is to conserve the current usage of the names Sturmia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, Senometopia Macquart, 1834 and Drino Robineau-Desvoidy, 1863 for three wellestablished genera of tachinid flies. The type species of Sturmia has long been assumed to be Sturmia vanessae Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 and the type species of Senometopia Macquart, 1834 has long been assumed to be Carcelia aurifrons Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830. However, the correct type species for both Sturmia and Senometopia is Sturmia atropivora Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830, which is currently recognised as a valid species of Drino. Acceptance of S. atropivora as the type species of Sturmia and Senometopia would change the current concept of those genera to that of Drino, and the names of the current genera Sturmia and Senometopia would change to those of the next available genus-group names. To avoid the nomenclatural instability that would result from following the Principle of Priority, it is proposed that all type fixations for Sturmia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 prior to that of Sturmia vanessae Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 by Robineau-Desvoidy (1863) be set aside, along with all type fixations for Senometopia Macquart, 1834 prior to that of Carcelia aurifrons Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 by Townsend (1916).

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