[MARMAM] Two new papers on the taxonomic nomenclature

Thomas Jefferson sclymene at aol.com
Thu Jun 24 07:19:16 PDT 2021


Dear MARMAM,  I am pleased toannounce the publication of two new papers on the taxonomic nomenclature ofsmall cetaceans: Jefferson, T. A.  2021. Proposal to retain the scientific namesof five species of small cetaceans (Delphinapterus leucas, Tursiops truncatus,Lissodelphis borealis, Cephalorhynchus eutropia, and Inia geoffrensis) bydesignating their unused senior synonyms as nomina oblita. Aquatic Mammals 47:257-267.Abstract:
The purpose of thisnote is to retain five names of small cetaceans [Delphinapterus leucas (Pallas,1776) for the beluga whale, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) for the commonbottlenose dolphin, Lissodelphis borealis (Peale, 1849) for the northern rightwhale dolphin, Cephalorhynchus eutropia (Gray, 1846) for the Chilean dolphin,and Inia geoffrensis (Blainville in Desmarest, 1817) for the Amazon Riverdolphin] that are each threatened by synonyms that antedate theircurrently-used names.  In each case, theearlier name has rarely or never been used in the past 120 years, and itsresurrection, as the valid name for these species would threatenstability.  Prevailing usage must bemaintained to favor stability over priority, in accordance with Article 23.9 ofthe International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.  I request that in each case listed, thedesignated junior synonym be henceforth considered a nomen protectum (andthereby continue to be used as the valid name for the relevant taxon), and thateach of the indicated senior synonyms be treated as a nomen oblitum (i.e.,forgotten name). Link:  https://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=101 Jefferson, T. A.  2021. Nomenclature of the dolphins,porpoises, and small whales: A review and guide to the early taxonomicliterature. NOAA Professional Paper NMFS 21:107 pp.Abstract:The taxonomy of sev­eralgenera of small cetaceans has been confused for decades or even centuries. Atleast 358 species of dol­phins, porpoises, and small whales have been givennames, yet only 50 of these are currently recognized as valid species; the vastmajority of the rest are junior synonyms. Recent tax­onomic revisions of somegenera have clarified things, but there are others that await taxonomicrevision, which will probably recommend generic re­combinations and new orresurrected species. As new taxonomic studies are resurrecting old species andsome­times describing new ones, an under­standing of the available names iscrucial to this task. This monograph comprehensively reviews all 358 valid andinvalid species of dolphins, por­poises, and small whales; documents their typespecimens; summarizes the history of each name; and assigns a status to each.In addition, appendi­ces discuss the early taxonomic lit­erature, historicalnotes, and museum acronyms, and provide a glossary of relevant taxonomic terms.Ultimate goals are to help identify as many of the nomina dubia as possible, and to facilitate the inclusion ofdata and material (both morphological and molecular) from relevant type speci­mensinto future taxonomic studies. The paper is open-accessand can be downloaded from this link:https://spo.nmfs.noaa.gov/content/professional-papers/nomenclature-dolphins-porpoises-and-small-whales-review-and-guide-early Best wishes,Tom Jeffersonsclymene at aol.com @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;}@font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;}@font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;}@font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:"Sabon LT Std"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:Cambria; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;}a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;}p.yiv4765144021msonormal, li.yiv4765144021msonormal, div.yiv4765144021msonormal {mso-style-name:yiv4765144021msonormal; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}.MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}
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