NOMINA CIRCUMSCRIBENTIA INSECTORUM

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Typified names:

Nuropteroidea Handlirsch 1903

NOMEN: Nuropteroidea Handlirsch 1903: 19 [A.Handlirsch. Zur Pylogenie der Hexapoden. - Sitzungsberichten der kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien. Mathem.-naturw. Klasse, 1903, 112 (1): 1-23]

ORIGINAL LISTED MEMBERSHIP (Handlirsch 1903): Meganeuroptera (= "Megaloptera") + Raphidioidea Raphidia + Birostrarta (= "Neuroptera")

JUNIOR CIRCUMSCRIPTIONAL SYNONYM:

= Neuropteroida Müller 1963

TYPIFIED NAME IN BASIC FORMAT: Myrmeleon/f=Hemerobius/g (incl. Raphidia, Chauliodes) [f:1802; g:1758(gen.210)]

TYPIFIED NAMES IN USE: Myrmeleontidea

MODERN STATUS: the valid, the oldest name of a generally accepted, holophyletic taxon.
Classification of Neuropteroidea:

Neuropteroidea
  Birostrata
  Rhaphidioptera
  Meganeuroptera
    Eumegaloptera
    Nothomegaloptera

COMMENT. The name Neuropteroidea Handlirsch 1903 is well known. In spite of this, some authors prefer to use other names, such as Neuropterida, instead of Neuropteroidea. Probably they think that the name Neuropteroidea should be rejected, because it contains the suffix with ending "-oidea", which belongs to superfamily, but not to taxa of other ranks (ICZN 29.2). However, this rule can be applied only to typified names of family-group, but not to other names (ICZN 29.2.1). The name Neuropteroidea does not belong to family-group in any sense (either strict sense of the ICZN, or wide sense formulated by Kluge 1999), because it is not formed from any generic name; thus its ending "-oidea" does not contradict ICZN. Unlike Neuropteroidea, another superordinal name from the same Handlirsch's classification - Panorpoidea - really should be rejected, because it is a typified family-group name whose rank is not superfamily.