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March 22, 1924


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Washington, D. C. Secretary, International Commission.

JAMA. 1924;82(12):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650380058030

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To the Editor:  —Among the opinions (Nos. 78 to 81) recently (Feb. 9, 1924) issued by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 73, No. 2), the following involve questions of nomenclature of practical application in medical work:No. 78. On basis of the premises presented, the commission is of the opinion that Dermacentor venustus dates from Marx in Neumann, 1897, type specimen Collection Marx No. 122 (U. S. National Museum), from Ovis aries, Texas, and that Dermacentor andersoni dates from Stiles, 1908, holotype U. S. P. H. & M. H. S. 9467, from Woodman, Montana.Opinion written by Stejneger. Vote: Concurring 11; dissenting, 2; not voting, 2.The practical effect of this opinion is that the correct name for the common Rocky Mountain spotted fever tick is definitely established to be Dermacentor andersoni instead of Dermacentor venustus.No. 81. On basis of the premises before the commission,

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