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Jumping the gun?

I like that Bugguide editors are vigilant and make an effort to keep up with taxonomic changes, but I would caution against reflecting some changes prematurely, before they are officially published in a scientific journal (I am talking about Chinavia vs. Acrosternum here, and perhaps Dr. Rider has indeed published that, but I'm using it as an example). Often the "jury is still out" on taxonomic changes, and things revert back to the old standard or are changed again (Cypriacis and Buprestis come to mind, an embarrassment in my own field guide). That is another reason why editors making changes to the taxonomy need to make certain that the "old" name(s) is (are) retained on the info page. Thanks.