[Syrphidae] Re: correct names

ximo mengual sanchis xmengual at gmail.com
Tue May 22 09:10:18 BST 2018

Hi Sander,

1- I would say Lejops vittatus, It was described as Mallota, but Lejops is

2- Sericomyia bombiformis was described as Syrphus bombiformis. Sericomyia
is femenine, and formis has two terminations, -is, -is, -e. Thus, it would
be Sericomyia bombiforme to match the genus gender.

Regarding the change of the species epithet to match the genus gender, the
ICZN says that genus and species epithet must agree in gender (article 34:
http://www.iczn.org/iczn/index.jsp), except is it is a name in apposition
(article 31.2). Usually the old works do not mention 'name in apposition',
but the code recommends to treat the species name like this in case of
doubt (article 31.2.2). Thus, following the code, it could be possible to
use Sericomyia bombiformis.

3- Volucella superbiens Muller, 1776 was published before than Syrphus
mussitans Fabricius, 1777. Thus, you should us Sericomyia superbiens.



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2018-05-20 14:45 GMT+02:00 Sander Bot <botsander at gmail.com>:

> Dear all,
> For an upcoming publication I am interested in the correct names of the
> following species:
> Lejops vittata or Lejops vittatus?
> Sericomyia bombiforme or Sericomyia bombiformis?
> Sericomyia mussitans or Sericomyia superbiens?
> Thanks in advance for any help,
> Sander Bot
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