Carnets Geol. 14 (3)  

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Acanthocythereis colini nomen novum
for A. reticulata Sciuto, 2014

Francesco Sciuto

Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Science, Palaeoecological Research Group, University of Catania, I-95124 Catania (Italy)

Manuscript online since February 28, 2014
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Sciuto F. (2014).- Acanthocythereis colini nomen novum for A. reticulata Sciuto, 2014.- Carnets de Géologie [Notebooks on Geology], Brest, vol. 14, nº 3, p. 39.

In Sciuto (2014), a new species, Acanthocythereis reticulata, was described from the Upper Pliocene sediments of NE Sicily and belonging to the Family Trachyleberididae Sylvester-Bradley, 1948. Nonetheless, the new species name is preoccupied by A. reticulata Smith, 1978, described from the Danian of Alabama (p. 553, Pl. 5, figs. 5-7). According to the Code of Zoological Nomenclature it is necessary to replace the name of the junior homonym. Therefore, I propose a new name for the species from Capo Milazzo.

Class Ostracoda Latreille, 1806

Order Podocopida Sars, 1866

Suborder Cytherocopina Grundel, 1967

Superfamily Cytheroidea Baird, 1850

Family Trachyleberididae Sylvester-Bradley, 1948

Subfamily Trachyleberidinae Sylvester-Bradley, 1948

Genus Acanthocythereis Howe, 1963

Acanthocythereis colini nomen novum

Acanthocythereis reticulata Sciuto, 2014.- Carnets Geol., 14 (1), p. 8, Pl. 1, fig. J ; Pl. 2, figs. A-K . Preoccupied by Acanthocythereis reticulata Smith, 1978.- Gulf Coast Ass. Geol. Soc., Trans., 28 (2), p. 553, Pl. 5, figs. 5-7.

Derivatio nominis – In honour of the late Dr. Jean-Paul Colin (1948-2013) for his passionate work on ostracods (Carbonel et al., 2013).


I am grateful to Prof. Eugen Karl Kempf for advising me about the preoccupied name.

Bibliographic references

Carbonel P., Cabral M.C. & Danielopol D.L. (2013).- Jean-Paul Colin.- Carnets de Géologie [Notebooks on Geology], Brest, Obituary Notice (Jean-Paul_Colin), p. 325-345.

International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (1999).- International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Fourth edition.- The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, London. URL:

Sciuto F. (2014).- Ostracods of the Upper Pliocene - Pleistocene Punta Mazza succession (NE Sicily) with special focus on the family Trachyleberididae Sylvester-Bradley, 1948 and description of a new species.- Carnets de Géologie [Notebooks on Geology], Brest, vol. 14, nº 1, p. 1-13.

Smith J.K. (1978).- Ostracoda of the Prairie Bluff Chalk, Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian), and the Pine Barren Member of the Clayton Formation, Lower Paleocene (Danian), from exposures along Alabama State highway 263 in Lowndes County, Alabama.- Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Transactions, Houston, vol. 28, nº 2, p. 539-579.