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Re: Leviathan melvillei -- preoccupied?
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <email@example.com> wrote:
> I thought the same. Of course, I
> thought it was going to turn out to have
> been used by an arthropod, but still...
Yes, so did I. So many names have been 'taken' by arthropods already:
_Laelaps_ (mite), _Rahona_ (moth), _Mononychus_ (beetle), _Syntarsus_ (beetle),
_Microceratops_ (wasp), and so on. So I thought _Leviathan_ would be
preoccupied by some crab or beetle or something. No, turns out it's a mastodon
(_Leviathan_ Koch - junior synonym of _Mammut_).
If the name _Leviathan_ is preoccupied, one option is just to re-name the whale
genus such that it is more faithful to the original Hebrew ('Liwyatan' or
'Livyatan'). There's already at least one fossil genus with a Hebrew name:
_Najash_, a primitive Cretaceous snake, named after a biblical legged serpent.