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The Original Spelling of the Specific Name of Cybaeus monticolus (Araneae: Cybaeidae) Should be Reinstated

Takafumi Nakano
Published: 10 September 2021

Abstract: The spelling of the specific name monticolus in the scientific name of a spider, Cybaeus monticolus Kobayashi, 2006, does not violate any relevant provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. This spelling is, therefore, the “correct original spelling” of the specific name under Article 32.2 of the Code. Regardless of whether this name is deemed an adjective or a noun in apposition, it should be maintained unaltered when it is combined with the generic name Cybaeus L. Koch, 1868, the gender of which is masculine. The later spelling monticola, as presented in the combination Cybaeus monticola in a recent arachnological treatise and then in an important online taxonomic resource from which its use appears to be spreading, is an “incorrect subsequent spelling” under Article 33.3 of the Code.
Keywords: Cybaeus / monticolus / spelling / specific name / monticola / apposition / online / noun / arachnological

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