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30 March 2012 Mustelus felis Ayres, 1854, a Senior Synonym of the Leopard Shark, Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855 (Carchariniformes: Triakidae), Invalidated by “Reversal of Precedence”
Theodore W. Pietsch, James Wilder Orr, William N. Eschmeyer
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Mustelus felis Ayres, 1854, is shown to be a senior synonym of the triakid shark Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855. Conditions exist, however, to allow “reversal of precedence” of the two names, as provided by Article 23.9.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Thus, Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855, is regarded as valid, qualifying as a nomen protectum, while the name Mustelus felis Ayres, 1854, is recognized as invalid, qualifying as a nomen oblitum.

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Theodore W. Pietsch, James Wilder Orr, and William N. Eschmeyer "Mustelus felis Ayres, 1854, a Senior Synonym of the Leopard Shark, Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855 (Carchariniformes: Triakidae), Invalidated by “Reversal of Precedence”," Copeia 2012(1), 98-99, (30 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.1643/CI-11-089
Received: 20 June 2011; Accepted: 1 October 2011; Published: 30 March 2012
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