The purpose of this application, under Article 81.1 of the Code, is to conserve the long and widely used name Rhynchotherium Falconer, 1868, applied to proboscidean fossils from North America, by designating Rhynchotherium falconeri Osborn, 1923 as the type species. It has long been agreed that the cast of the holotype of R. tlascalae Osborn, 1918, the type species of Rhynchotherium, belongs to the genus Gomphotherium Burmeister, 1837, so preservation of the present usage of the genus name Rhynchotherium requires a type species that fits the current concept of the genus. It is proposed that Rhynchotherium falconeri Osborn, 1923 be designated the type species.
Rhynchotherium Falconer, 1868 (Mammalia; Proboscidea): proposed conservation of usage by designation of Rhynchotherium falconeri Osborn, 1923 as the type species," The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 67(2), 158-162, (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.21805/bzn.v67i2.a9