Geoffroy J.-J.1, Golovatch S.I.2 2016. Polydesmus denticulatus C.L. Koch, 1847, vs Polydesmus denticulatus Leguillou, 1841 (Diplopoda, Polydesmida): conservation of usage and precedence of the combination Polydesmus denticulatus C.L. Koch, 1847, with a proposal to remove homonymy and suppress the combination Polydesmus denticulatus Leguillou, 1841 // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.13. No.1: 57–60 [in English], PDF.

1 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, DSE, Site de Brunoy, 4 Avenue du Petit Château F-91800 Brunoy, France. E-mail:

2 Institute for Problems of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prospekt 33, Moscow 119071, Russia. E-mail:

ABSTRACT. The purpose of this work, under Articles,, 23.9.2, 52.5, 54.4 and 82.2.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, is to conserve the specific combination and authority Polydesmus denticulatus C.L. Koch, 1847, which is in widespread use for a millipede species belonging to the family Polydesmidae. The name is jeopardized by a little-used senior homonym, Polydesmus denticulatus Leguillou, 1841, that actually belongs to the family Platyrhacidae. It is proposed that Polydesmus denticulatus C.L. Koch, 1847 is given precedence as a nomen protectum over Polydesmus denticulatus Leguillou, 1841 that is considered to be a nomen oblitum.

doi: 10.15298/invertzool.13.1.05

KEY WORDS: Diplopoda, Polydesmida, nomenclature, homonymy, taxonomy, Polydesmidae, Polydesmus, Polydesmus denticulatus, Europe, New Guinea.

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