Systematic & Applied Acarology
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Systematic & Applied Acarology (2009) 14, 65–67.

Nomenclatural notes on Rhinothrombium Berlese, 1910 (Acari: Tanaupodidae)


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The online version of NOMENCLATOR ZOOLOGICUS1 is a great tool for zoological taxonomists. Because it is online for open access, its data can be easily imported or copied into other online databases and resources. Uncritical use of such information can cause problems. Here I discuss the case of two entries in the NOMENCLATOR ZOOLOGICUS: Rhynothrombium Berlese, 1910 and Rhinothrombium Berlese, 1912. The older name Rhynothrombium has not been used in acarological literature since Berlese (1912), but it has recently surfaced in online databases such as SysTax2, WikiSpecies3 and J. Hallan’s catalog of Acari4. In the latter, it was even suggested that Rhinothrombium is a misspelling of Rhynothrombium introduced by the Zoological Record. The purpose of this note is to clarify this issue.


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