The purpose of this application, under Articles 23.9.3 and 81.2.3 of the Code, is to conserve the specific name Megaselia abdita Schmitz, 1959 for a widespread Holarctic scuttle fly by giving it precedence over its senior subjective synonym Megaselia griseipennis (Santos Abreu, 1921), which has long been treated as a nomen dubium. A growing literature exists using the name M. abdita. It is proposed that the name Megaselia abdita be given precedence over Megaselia griseipennis (Santos Abreu, 1921) to avoid confusion.
Megaselia abdita Schmitz, 1959 (Diptera, phoridae): proposed precedence over Aphiochaeta griseipennis Santos Abreu, 1921 (currently Megaselia griseipennis)," The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 67(3), (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.21805/bzn.v67i3.a1