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Case 3687 Phrynus mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004 (Arachnida, Amblypygi,
PHRYNIDAE ): proposed conservation of the specific name as a junior
primary homonym of Phrynus mexicanus Bilimek, 1867

Jason A. Dunlop, Mark S. Harvey, George O. Poinar Jr


The purpose of this application, under Article 23.9.5 of the Code, is to
conserve the specific name Phrynus mexicanus Poinar & Brown, 2004 which was
proposed for a fossil whip spider (Arachnida, Amblypygi, PHRYNIDAE ) preserved in Chiapas (Mexican) amber. This fossil species was initially described under the
grammatically erroneous combination Phrynus mexicana. However, correcting the
species epithet to mexicanus renders it a junior primary homonym of a Recent
Mexican whip spider, Phrynus mexicanus Bilimek, 1867. The Recent species was
subsequently transferred to the genus Paraphrynus Moreno, 1940, to give the current combination Paraphyrnus mexicanus (Bilimek, 1867), and neither species has ever been considered congeneric with the other.

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