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Case 3742 – Galago demidoff Fischer, 1806 (currently Galagoides; Mammalia, Primates, Galagidae): proposed conservation of the specific name and designation of a neotype. Lemur minutus Cuvier, 1797: proposed designation of a neotype

Paulina Jenkins, Judith Masters, Colin Groves, Sébastien Couette


The purpose of this application, under Articles 11, 23, 31 and 32 of the Code, is to confirm the availability of and to maintain the usage of the name Galago demidoff Fischer, 1806 for Demidoff ’s Dwarf Galago from western and central Africa and its priority over the objective junior synonym Macropus (Galago) demidovii Fischer, 1808, and to suppress subsequent incorrect spellings, under Articles 19 and 33 of the Code. The original specimen of Galago demidoff Fischer, 1806 has been destroyed so a further purpose of this application is to designate a neotype, under Article 75.3 of the Code. A name of dubious identity, Lemur minutus Cuvier, 1797, has been confused with that of Galago demidoff and Galago senegalensis Geoffroy, 1796. This name has had no valid usage for well over a century and is here regarded as a nomen oblitum, under Article 23 of the Code. In order to clarify taxonomic status, it is also proposed to designate a neotype for Lemur minutus Cuvier, 1797, under Article 75.3 of the Code. It is proposed that G. demidoff should be maintained as the prior name for the taxon and that all subsequent incorrect spellings of the name be suppressed.


Nomenclature; taxonomy; Galago demidoffii; Galago geoffroy; Macropus (Galago) geoffroyi; Galago cuvier; Macropus (Galago) cuvieri; Otolicnus; Microcebus; Hemigalago.

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