The purpose of this application, under Articles 78.2.3 and 80.2.1 of the Code, is to suggest a possible interpretation of Article 1.3.2 in relation to the availability of the generic name Cornu Born, 1778 for a genus of land snails (family helicidae). There has been longstanding confusion regarding the correct generic combination for the well-known, common and widely introduced land snail originally described as Helix aspersa Müller, 1774, that is, whether it should be placed in Cornu Born, 1778, Cantareus Risso, 1826 or Cryptomphalus Charpentier, 1837. The confusion has arisen primarily because of differing interpretations of Article 1.3.2 in relation to the original proposal of the genus-group name Cornu Born, 1778 for the species Cornu copiae Born, 1778, which was based on a teratological specimen of Helix aspersa Müller, 1774. It is proposed that the wording of Article 1.3.2 be interpreted to confirm the availability of Cornu Born, 1778.
Cornu Born, 1778 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, helicidae): request for a ruling on the availability of the generic name," The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 68(2), 97-104, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.21805/bzn.v68i2.a8