On the species of the genus Balistes described by Johann Julius Walbaum (1792)

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Date de parution: décembre 2002
Volume: 26
Number: 4
Pagination: 309-316
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2002-264-006

The status of six nominal species placed in the genus Balistes by Johann J. Walbaum (1792) is reported. Balistes longirostris and B. meulenii are shown to be senior synonyms of Oxymonacanthus longirostris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) and Cantherines fronticinctus (Günther, 1867), respectively. Conditions exist, however, that allow “prevailing usage” of the latter names, as provided by Article 23.9.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Balistes auwawa, B. barbatus and B. talpa are shown to be junior synonyms of Aluterus monoceros (Linnaeus, 1758), whereas B. capriscus is a junior homonym of B. capriscus Gmelin, 1789 and therefore objectively invalid.

Mots-clés: Balistes - Monacanthidae - Nomen oblitum - Nomen protectum - Senior synonyms - Taxonomy - Walbaum
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