Non-Siphonophoran Hydrozoa: what are we talking about?
Bouillon, J., F. Boero, F. Cicogna, J.M. Gili and R.G. Hughes

The history of nomenclature of non-siphonophoran Hydrozoa is reviewed, showing the existence of many available names. The name Hydroidomedusae CLAUS 1877 is here chosen has appropriater for non-siphonophoran hydrozoans. Different names for the orders are also available, according to the considered stage (hydroid or medusae). To avoid compound names, the medusa-based names are chosen as valid because the medusa is considered to represent the adult stage. The orders of Hydroidomedusae, thus are: Actinulidae, Anthomedusae, Laingiomedusae, Leptomedusae, Limnomedusae, Narcomedusae, Trachymedusae.

Keywords: Non-siphonophoran Hydrozoa, nomenclature, historical review.
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