Author citation (zoology)

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Author citations in zoology give the name of the original author(s) and date of publication, e.g. Megalopsalis luna Forster 1944. When a species is no longer in the same genus as originally, the citation is enclosed in brackets, e. g. Pantopsalis luna (Forster 1944). If the name has only changed in rank (such as a subspecies raised to species, or subfamily to family), the citation is not bracketed. Many zoological publications that do not deal specifically with taxonomy do not give the citation for a name, especially those dealing with vertebrates. Publications on invertebrates often give the citation of a name only when it first occurs in the publication.

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