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Case 3483Villanyia Kretzoi, 1956 (Mammalia, Rodentia, arvicolidae): proposed conservation of usage by designation of a neotype for the type species Villanyia exilis Kretzoi, 1956
- Mayhew, D.F.
- Bulletin of zoological nomenclature 2009 v.66 no.2 pp. 159-163
- Clethrionomys, animal taxonomy, biological nomenclature, lectotypes, neotypes, voles
- The purpose of this application, under Article 75.6 of the Code, is to set aside all type fixations for a species of extinct vole Villanyia exilis Kretzoi, 1956 prior to that by Terzea (1991) in order to conserve prevailing usage. The lectotype and paralectotype demonstrably belong to two different taxa. The specimen designated as lectotype by Rabeder (1981) is considered to belong to Dolomys kretzoii Kowalski, 1958 (currently Clethrionomys kretzoii). The paralectotype corresponds to the original species description and represents a taxon uniformly recognised in the current taxonomic and biostratigraphic literature as Villanyia exilis Kretzoi, 1956, which usage should be conserved.