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Re: Leviathan melvillei -- preoccupied?
<<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_).>>
Hang on. If the preoccupation is a junior synonym, then isn't that usage
rendered irrelevant and, therefore, the name would be available for valid
use? McKenna & Bell, 1997 has it as a junior synonym.
(I'd forgotten /Mammut/ was coined by Blumenbach. I sold an 1815 copy of
one of his books last week.)