|Title: HOMONYMY IN THE COCCINELLIDAE
(COLEOPTERA), OR SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT PSEUDOSCYMNUS CHAPIN
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological
Society of Washington
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Acceptance Date: January 6, 2004
Date: March 30, 2004
Vandenberg, N.J. 2004. Homonymy in the coccinellidae
(coleoptera), or something fishy about pseudoscymnus
chapin. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of
Washington. 106: 483-484
Interpretive Summary: Lady beetles in the
genus Pseudoscymnus have been imported from Japan and
released against woolly hemlock adelgids which are
destroying hemlock trees in the eastern United States.
Unfortunately, the name Pseudoscymnus is ambiguous,
referring to both a lady beetle genus and a fish genus.
The present contribution corrects this nomenclatoral
problem by providing a new name for the lady beetle.
This work will provide greater stability, and aid
agriculturalists, biological control practitioners and
ecologists who use scientific names to access and
communicate important information about beneficial and
Technical Abstract: Sasajiscymnus, new name,
is proposed as a replacement name for the junior homonym
Pseudoscymnus Chapin 1962 (not Herre 1935). The
following new combinations are proposed: Sasajiscymnus
tsugae (Sasaji and McClure), S. kurohime (Miyatake), S.
seboshii (Ohta), S. sylvaticus (Lewis), S. pilicrepus
(Lewis) and S. quinquepunctatus (Weise).