Corrigenda: Hanah, a replacement name for Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018 (preoccupied name)
expand article infoYee Wah Lau, Frank R. Stokvis§, Leen van Ofwegen§, James D. Reimer
‡ University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Japan
§ Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands
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This is an addendum to the availability of the generic name Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018 within the octocoral family Arulidae. Here, the replacement name Hanah is proposed, as Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018 is a junior homonym to senior homonym Hana Kukalova-Peck, 1975, a genus within the family Hanidae of the Palaeozoic insect order Megasecoptera.


Arulidae, Hana, homonymy, Octocorallia, replacement name, Stolonifera

Class Anthozoa

Subclass Octocorallia

Order Alcyonacea

Suborder Stolonifera

Family Arulidae

Genus Hanah nom. nov.

Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018. ZooKeys 790: 1–19. (Anthozoa: Octocorallia: Alcyonacea: Stolonifera: Arulidae). Preoccupied by Hana Kukalova-Peck, 1975. Psyche 82: 1–19. (Insecta: Pterygota: Palaeoptera: Palaeodictyopteroidea: Megasecoptera: Hanidae).

Following the publication of Lau et al. (2018), it has been brought to our attention that the genus name Hana is a preoccupied genus name within the Palaeozoic insect order Megasecoptera (Kukalova-Peck 1975) as documented in Nomenclator Zoologicus (1975: 205). The name Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018 is thus invalid under the laws of homonymy, being a junior homonym of Hana Kukalova-Peck, 1975.

In accordance with article 60 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, fourth edition (1999), the junior homonym Hana Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018 will be replaced by Hanah nom. nov.

According to this application, the following new combinations within Hanah (Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018) are Hanah hanagasa (Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018), comb. nov. and Hanah hanataba (Lau, Stokvis, Ofwegen & Reimer, 2018), comb. nov.


We thank Dr. Tohru Naruse of the University of the Ryukyus for bringing this issue to our attention. We would like to thank Prof. Bert W. Hoeksema for his editorial remarks.


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