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Posted by JJFeldner on April 26, 2003 at 15:26:33:
In Reply to: I take it back posted by JJFeldner on April 26, 2003 at 14:45:58:
Euphryne obesus Baird, 1858 (Reptilia, Squamata): proposed precedence of the specific name over that of Sauromalus ater Duméril, 1856
Richard R. Montanucci
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-1903, U.S.A.
Hobart M. Smith, Kraig Adler, David L. Auth, Ralph W. Axtell, Ted J. Case, David Chiszar, Joseph T. Collins, Roger Conant, Robert Murphy, Kenneth Petren, Robert C. Stebbins
Abstract. The purpose of this application is to conserve the long used and well known specific name of Sauromalus obesus (Baird, 1858) for the chuckwalla (family IGUANIDAE) from the southwest of North America by giving it precedence over the little used name S. ater Duméril, 1856.
Keywords. Nomenclature; taxonomy; Reptilia; Squamata; IGUANIDAE; Sauromalus ater; Sauromalus obesus; chuckwallas; southwestern North America."
The above is the entire text of Case 3143 as copied from the ICZN site (www.iczn.org) The Case number is the one to watch since the Opinion numbers come from a different series. Also, there is no rhyme or reason to the issuance of opinions. They are not in any particular order. there is noi relationship between the Opinion and the Case, neither numerical nor alphabetical. What you see is what you get. Also, not that this case was filed in March 2001 under the old name Euphryne, not Sauromalus. As far as I have been able to learn, no action has been taken yet.