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November 26, 1910

The Correct Name of the Rocky Mountain Spotted-Fever Tick

Author Affiliations

U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1910;55(22):1909-1910. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330220053023

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To the Editor:—  In a recent issue of The Journal (October 29, p. 1574) Mr. Nathan Banks charges me with "gross violation of the rules of nomenclature," in that I have used the name Dermacentor andersoni instead of D. venustus for the tick that transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Although the point at issue is a very technical one, it is not without its practical side, and in order to avoid a further confusion, which would result were Mr. Banks' interpretation accepted, the following facts bearing on the case are made public:The name Dermacentor venustus Marx (a manuscript name) was originally published by Neumann in 1897, as a synonym of D. reticulatus; its type locality was given as Texas and New Mexico.According to "Opinion 4" of the International Commission on Zoologic Nomenclature, "manuscript names acquire standing in nomenclature when printed in connection with the provisions of Article 25,

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