De Wever et al. (1979) proposed the new radiolarian name Xiphotheca from the Triassic of Greece. We discovered that this name has already been used for a fish by Agassiz in 1846. Therefore, in accordance with article 60 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) we propose the name Xiphothecaella nomen novum as a replacement name (type species Xiphotheca karpenissionensis De Wever, in De Wever et al., 1979, p. 93, pl. 7, figs. 1– 5; text-fig. 3, by original designation) for the preoccupied homonym Xiphotheca De Wever, 1979, non Agassiz 1846.

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