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By Rosa Graciela Cohen

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his new genus Tanymastigites. Although the author did not explicitly designate a type genus, he created the subfamily name on the stem of the older genus that he included in his new subfamily. The name Tanymastix (in genitive singular, Tanymastigis: stem Tanymastig- and desinence-is) gives the subfamily name Tanymastiginae Brtek, 1972. According to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) in article 36.1, “A name established for a taxon at any rank in the family group is deemed to have been simultaneously established for nominal taxa at all other ranks in the family group; …The name has the same authorship at every rank. ” However, Weekers et al. (2002) declared the creation of the new family Tanymastigidae, as is named in Table 1, figures 1 and 2 and text of their paper, but also called Tanymastigiidae on page 543, for Tanymastix and Tanymastigites, regardless of ICZN article 36.1, which would establish Brtek as the author of the family group. Later, the name of the family including those two genera reappeared in the literature under the name of Tanymastigitidae (Brendonck et al., 2008), as if the name of the family group was based on the genus Tanymastigites, and the authorship of the name was assigned to Weekers, Murugan, Vanfleteren, Belk and Dumont, 2002 (Ahyong et al., 2011). The displacement to super or sub familial taxonomic levels inside the family group depends on the taxonomist’s criterion; the stem of the original name is conserved, adding the corresponding desinence. The present case is that of

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