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Published: 2019-05-30

Camptodontornis gen. nov., a replacement name for the bird genus Camptodontus Li, Gong, Zhang, Yang, and Hou, 2010, a junior homonym of Camptodontus Dejean, 1826

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Camptodontus yangi Li, Gong, Zhang, Yang, and Hou, 2010 was erected for a complete enantiornithine bird skeleton from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, northeastern China (Li et al. 2010). However, the genus name Camptodontus is a junior homonym of the beetle genus Camptodontus Dejean, 1826. Under Article 23.1 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN 1999) Dejean’s 1826 name has priority.



  1. Dejean, P.F. (1826) Species general des coleopteres de la collection de M. le comte Dejean. Vol. 2. Mequignon-Marvis, Paris, viii + 501 pp.

    ICZN (1999) International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. 4th Edition. International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, c/o The Natural History Museum, London, 126 pp.

    Li, L., Gong, E., Zhang, L., Yang, Y. & Hou, L. (2010) A new enantiornithine bird (aves) from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning, China. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica, 49 (4), 524–531.