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niemelai vs. niemelaei

Postby Euchroeus » 15 Dec 2011 20:52

Dear Forum,

I know, this topic is about nomenclature and not systematics ... thus it's boring!

Today I received an other article with a bad spelling of the name Hedychrum niemelai Linsenmaier, 1959. In the last years (starting from the beginning of the XXI Century) many Authors used and still use the bad spelling:

niemelaei
instead the correct name is niemelai.

The reason why it's very simple and is written in the Code of Zoological Nomenclature Art. 32.5.2.1

32.5.2.1. In the case of a diacritic or other mark, the mark concerned is deleted, except that in a name published before 1985 and based upon a German word, the umlaut sign is deleted from a vowel and the letter "e" is to be inserted after that vowel (if there is any doubt that the name is based upon a German word, it is to be so treated).

P. Niemelä (as written in the original description) is a Finnish entomologist and not a German one. Thus in the correct name of the species the mark concerned must be deleted: niemelai.

Please pass the word.
Paolo
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Re: niemelai vs. niemelaei

Postby Alex » 16 Dec 2011 17:35

Thanks for clearing it up ! :)

However, it is not "niemalai" as you have spelled it above, is it? ;) ;)
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Re: niemelai vs. niemelaei

Postby Euchroeus » 16 Dec 2011 18:36

ahaha :D

of course you're right!
It's the destiny of the name niemelai ...
someone has to write it wrong anyway, intentionally or not !
I corrected the post, where I typed the name in the wrong way.

Thanks Alex!
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