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Published: 2022-07-19

The nomenclatural case of Holopyga italica Dahlbom, 1845 and Colpopyga flavipes (Eversmann, 1858) (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae)

Laboratory of Zoology, Institute of Biosciences, University of Mons, Place du Parc, 20, 7000, Mons, Belgium
Cuckoo wasps Elampini taxonomy reversal of precedence

Abstract

The case of the forgotten name Holopyga italica Dahlbom, 1845 and its currently used, junior subjective synonym Hedychrum flavipes Eversmann, 1858 (currently Colpopyga flavipes) is discussed. Since H. italica has been listed as a valid species after 1899, in the world catalogue by Kimsey & Bohart (1991), the reversal of precedence cannot be automatically applied to this case. However, provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature argue for the conservation of the name Hedychrum flavipes against that of Holopyga italica. The case will be referred to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, for a ruling under its Plenary Power, and meanwhile the use of the junior synonym H. flavipes is to be maintained.

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