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244 Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature OPINION 1053 FORMICA MAXIMA MOORE, 1842 (INSECTA: HYMENOPTERA): SUPPRESSED UNDER THE PLENARY POWERS RULING. — (1) The specific name maxima Moore, 1842, as published in the binomen Formica maxima, is hereby suppressed under the plenary powers for the purposes of the Law of Priority but not for those of the Law of Homonymy. (2) The specific name maxima Moore, 1842, as published in the binomen Formica maxima, and as suppressed under the plenary powers in (1) above is hereby placed on the Official Index of Rejected and Invahd Specific Names in Zoology with the Name Number 1007. HISTORY OF THE CASE (Z.N.(S.) 2023) An application by Dr. Ride (then of Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia) and Dr. R. W. Taylor (CSIRO, Canberra, Australia) for the suppression o[ Formica maxima Moore, 1842, was received on 1 November 1972 and sent to the printer on 29 January 1973. It was published on 6 July 1973 in Bull. zool. Nomencl. 30 : 58-60. Public Notice of the possible use of the plenary powers in the present case was given in the same part of the Bulletin as well as to the other prescribed serial publications (Constitution Art. 12b; Bull. zool. Nomencl. 31 : 97) and to nine entomological serials. No comments were received. DECISION OF THE COMMISSION On 8 November 1974 the members of the Commission were asked to vote for or against Dr. Ride's and Dr. Taylor's proposals as set out in Bull. zool. Nomencl. 30 : 58. At the close of the Voting Period on 8 February 1975, the state of the voting was as follows: Affirmative votes — twenty-one (21), received in the following order: Melville, Yokes, Holthuis, Lemche, Simpson, Alvarado, Willink, Eisenmann, Rohdendorf, Mayr, Sabrosky, Tortonese, Starobogatov, Binder, Corliss, Bayer, Nye, Heppell, Ride, Bernardi, Habe Negative vote — one (1): Dupuis Late Affirmative vote — one (1): Erben Leave of Absence — one (1): Brinck Voting Papers not returned — two (2) : Kraus, Munroe. The following comments were sent in by members of the Commission with their Voting Papers: M. Dupuis: Au temoignage meme des auteurs, la taxinomie des especes en cause "is not fully understood". A mon sens il est inutile, voire dangereux de prendre une decision en ces conditions. Dr. Nye: Although I am strongly opposed to placing senior subjective synonyms on an Official Index of Rejected Names, the present application is Bull. zool. Nomencl., Vol. 32, Part 4. January 1976.

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OPINION 1053 FORMICA MAXIMA MOORE, 1842 (INSECTA: HYMENOPTERA): SUPPRESSED UNDER THE PLENARY POWERS

Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 32: 244-245 (1976)

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