Bonvouloiriella Otto and Kovalev

Otto, Robert L. & Kovalev, Alexey V., 2013, New Group Names for Two Genera within Eucnemidae (Coleoptera), The Coleopterists Bulletin 67 (4), pp. 600-601: 600

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Bonvouloiriella Otto and Kovalev


Bonvouloiriella Otto and Kovalev   , new name

Tachycnemis Bonvouloir, 1871   , junior homonym of Tachycnemis Fitzinger, 1843   .

Type Species. Tachycnemis nigra Bonvouloir, 1871   by subsequent designation.

Etymology. The genus name is dedicated to Henri de Bonvouloir, who published an ambitious monograph covering world-wide Eucnemidae   from 1871–1875, which serves as an important resource for anyone conducting research on Eucnemidae   . Gender is feminine.

Species Account and Distribution. One species known from South America.

Remarks. Bonvouloir (1871) described the South American beetle genus Tachycnemis   with the type species Tachycnemis nigra   by subsequent designation. Unfortunately, the generic name is preoccupied by Fitzinger (1843), who named an amphibian genus Tachycnemis   (Chordata: Amphibia  : Anura   : Hyperoliidae   ) for the type species Eucnemis seychellensis (Dumeril and Bibron, 1841)   distributed in Seychelles. The eucnemid genus Tachycnemis Bonvouloir, 1871   is invalid under the rule of homonymy, being a junior homonym of Tachycnemis Fitzinger, 1843   . Under Article 60 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN 1999), the name must be rejected and replaced. Therefore, we propose to substitute the junior homonym Tachycnemis Bonvouloir, 1871   with Bonvouloiriella   new name. Removal of the species from Tachycnemis   results in a new combination and hereby proposed, Bonvouloiriella nigra (Bonvouloir, 1871)   , new combination.