March 11, 2005
From: Kathe R. Jensen
When I saw your Fact Sheet to Discodoris schmeltziana, I remembered that when I was compiling the type catalogue of Bergh's types in the Zoological Museum, I also made some notes on the nomina nuda generated by Bergh. I looked in these notes, and it appears that this species is more complicated than just the 2 publications you have listed. Apparently Bergh had in 1877-78 so many papers in various stages of publication that he made species lists in foot-notes of several of these papers. According to my notes (I haven't had time to look at the original papers), Bergh published a list of new Discodoris species on p. 61 in:
Bergh, R. 1877. Kritische Untersuchung der Ehrenberg'schen Doriden. Jb. deutsch. Malakozool. Ges. 4: 45-76.
In this list he has Discodoris schmeltziana and he attributes this species to Garrett. This species was also mentioned in the issue of Semper's Reisen that you have listed (p. 519). Furthermore figures were published in J. Mus. Godeffroy, Heft 8 (1875, Plate 8) and Heft 14 (1878, Plate 5). You are quite right in stating that the species description did not appear until 1880 in the Supplement to Semper's Reisen.
I have a feeling that it was cases like this that made people decide to have strict rules for nomenclature.
firstname.lastname@example.orgJensen, K.R., 2005 (Mar 11) Re: Discodoris schmeltziana from Papua New Guinea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13319
Bergh certainly made some things very difficult for us.
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