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Correspondence
Published: 2016-05-12

Nemachilichthys ruppelli (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) and the proper correction of the German umlaut

Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, POB 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden.
Nemachilichthys ruppelli Teleostei Nemacheilidae Pisces South Asia

Abstract

In a re-description of the South Asian fish species Nemachilichthys ruppelli (Sykes, 1839a) Keskar et al. (2015) noticed—as also pointed out by Kottelat (2012)—that the original spelling of the species name was rupelli [actually: Rupelli, with regular font and capital R], but that information in Sykes (1839a: 162) showed clearly that the species was named for [Eduard] Rüppell with the explicit dedication "I have dedicated this beautiful little fish to Rüppell, who did me the favor to look over my drawings ...” Rüppell is also mentioned twice on page 159. Sykes’s (1839a) paper was reprinted in Sykes (1839b) with exactly the same spelling, but there the species name appears in italics. A third publication by Sykes (1841), based on the same material, also uses the spelling Rupelli for the species, but does not mention Rüppell.

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