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Inconsistent usage of Chinese common names of insects
Author of the article:CHEN Cui1** HUANG Xiao-Lei1*** QIAO Ge-Xia2***
Author's Workplace:1. State Key Laboratory of Ecological Pest Control for Fujian and Taiwan Crops, College of Plant Protection, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China; 2. Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Key Words:Aphis (Toxoptera) aurantii, Aphis (Toxoptera) citricidus, tea aphid, Homoptera, plant protection, taxonomy
Abstract:

[Objectives]  To reveal the issue of inconsistent usage of insect common Chinese names and the adverse effects of this based on analyses of the usage of the common names of two aphid species and the name Homoptera. [Methods]  The names of two aphid species, Aphis (Toxoptera) aurantii and A. (T.) citricidus,and the name Homoptera, were selected for analysis; a search of the most comprehensive Chinese literature database CNKI yielded a dataset dating from 1950 to 2015 within which we analyzed trends in the usage of the Chinese common names of the two aphid species and the name Homoptera. [Results]  1) Although the first used Chinese names of Aphis (T.) aurantii and A. (T.) citricidus have priority over other names, the inconsistent usage of names of these two species is prevalent in the Chinese literature and was specific to particular research fields and geographic regions. 2) The name Homoptera is still widely used in the Chinese literature, although it was proposed to stop using this name in China on May 2005. 3) Inconsistent usage of common names results in the fragmentation of scientific information and greatly complicates literature retrieval and data integration. [Conclusion]  The inconsistent usage of some insect common names is still prevalent in China and has negative effects on research. We provide advice on how to properly use taxonomic names and suggest that researchers pay more attention to this issue.

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