Zoological Nomenclature: Acarine or Insect?

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IN answer to Dr. C. W. Stiles's letter in NATURE of Feb. 9, 1929, p. 207, in which he stages “that application for suspension of the rules has been made in the case of Nycteribia Latreille, 1796, monotype Pediculus vespertilionis Linn., 1758. The Commission is requested to set aside the monotype designated in 1796 and to validate Nycteribia pedicularia 1805 as type of Nycteribia”, I desire to point out that as Latreille's description is based on an insect, and as the so-called monotype is an acarid, it follows that the name Nycteribia cannot supplant Spinturnix for the genus in which Pediculus [Scopoli used Acarus.—Ed. NATURE] vespertilionis Scopoli 1763 is now placed.

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