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  • James E. O’Hara (a1)

Louis Paul Mesnil (1904–1986) wrote more than 90 published articles on the Tachinidae between 1936 and 1980. He proposed, in those works, a total of 172 new genus-group names and 838 new species-group names. These genus-group and species-group names are listed here along with annotations and a complete record of Mesnil’s publications on the Tachinidae. Certain nomenclatural problems concerning the taxa of Mesnil are addressed, namely difficulties arising from the fascicle format of the series “Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region”, determination of the type status of primary types (syntypes vs. holotypes), improperly labeled types in collections, taxa described in cryptic fashion, type depositories not slated or since changed, and manuscript names in collections. The rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature are followed to standardize usage of Mesnil’s names.

Louis P. Mesnil (1904–1986) a écrit plus de 90 articles sur les Tachinidae entre 1936 et 1980. Dans ces ouvrages, il a proposé la création de 172 nouveaux noms de genres et de 838 nouveaux noms d’espèces. Ces noms sont énumérés ici et accompagnés de commentaires et les publications de Mesnil sur les Tachinidae sont toutes citées. Certains problèmes de nomenclature au sujet des taxons de Mesnil sont examinés, notamment les difficultés causées par le format en fascicules de la série “Die Fliegen der palearktischen Region”, les problèmes relatifs à la détermination du statut des types primaires (syntypes vs. holotypes), aux types mal étiquetés dans les collections, aux taxons non décrits de façon formelle, aux types non localisés ou déménagés depuis leur description, aux noms manuscrits dans les collections. La standardisation de l’utilisation des noms de Mesnil a été faite selon les règles du Code international de nomenclature zoologique.

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