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Ogeramua, a new name for the land snail genus Papuanella Clench & Turner, 1959 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Camaenidae), preoccupied by Papuanella Distant, 1914 (Insecta)
expand article infoCarl C. Christensen
‡ Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, United States of America
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Camaenidae, zoological nomenclature, homonymy, Papua New Guinea, Papuanella, Ogeramua


The genus Papuanella (type species Geotrochus ogeramuensis Kobelt, 1914, by original designation) was established by Clench and Turner (1959: 5) for two species of land snails inhabiting the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Papuanella is currently recognized as a valid genus within the subfamily Papuininae of the family Camaenidae (Schileyko 2003).

Distant (1914: 352) established Papuanella for a genus of fulgorid homopterans also inhabiting the island of New Guinea, and thus Clench and Turner’s taxon is a junior homonym in need of replacement. Accordingly, pursuant to Article 60 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 1999), the name Ogeramua, nom. n., is here proposed as a replacement name for Papuanella Clench & Turner, 1959 (non Papuanella Distant, 1914). Species included in the genus as defined by Clench and Turner (1959) are O. ogeramuensis (Kobelt, 1914), comb. n., and O. finisterrensis (Kobelt, 1914), comb. n.

The epithet Ogeramua is named for Ogeramua, Papua New Guinea, the type locality of its type species, and is to be treated as feminine in gender.


This work is Contribution 2017-002 of Bishop Museum’s Pacific Biological Survey.


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