Zoological Nomenclature: Acarine or Insect?

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    THE foregoing letter from Dr. Musgrave, one of the world's best-known authors on the Pupipara (in which Nycteribia is classified), presents one angle of the triangular problem upon which the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature has been requested to reader an opinion: (1) From 1763 to 1796, Pediculus vespertilionis Linn., 1758, was interpreted as an acarine on basis of Frisch's (1728) figure cited by Linnæus in 1758. (2) From 1796 to 1900 it was interpreted as an insect on basis of Latreille's description. From 1900 to date it has been interpreted by some authors as an acarine, by others as an insect. (3) If Linné's diagnosis be compared with the description by Frisch, the probability is seen to be present that Linné's P. vespertilionis was a composite species consisting of an acarine plus an insect.

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