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1 December 2014 Case 3666
dicroglossidae Dubois, 1987 (Amphibia, Anura): proposed conservation
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The purpose of this application, under Article 81 of the Code, is to conserve the name dicroglossidae Dubois, 1987 for a family of frogs. Analysis of the publication where the name dicroglossidae was first used (Anderson, 1871) showed that this was an incorrect subsequent spelling of discoglossidae Günther, 1858 and therefore not an available name. This name would have been made available by Dubois (1987) except that Dicroglossus Günther, 1860 was then considered a junior subjective synonym of Euphlyctis Fitzinger, 1843 and thus unable to be the type-genus of a new family-group name according to Article 11.7.1.1 of the Code. However, dicroglossidae is a widely used family name in the recent taxonomy of amphibians. It includes about 180 species distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia. We therefore ask the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature to make the name dicroglossini Dubois, 1987, with the type genus Dicroglossus Günther, 1860, available by original designation of Dubois (1987, p. 57); to place the names dicroglossini Dubois, 1987 and Dicroglossus Günther, 1860, on the relevant Official Lists of Names in Zoology; and to place the name ‘dicroglossidae Anderson, 1871’, an incorrect subsequent spelling of discoglossidae Günther, 1858, on the Index of Invalid and Rejected Family-Group Names in Zoology.
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