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Eridamus Burmeister, 1875 . Rev. Mag. Zool. (3) 3 : 51.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Eridamus (Goniuris) tmolis Burmeister, 1875. Rev. Mag. Zool. (3), : 51, pl. 1, fig.1.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Evans , 1952. Cat. amer. Hesp. Brit. Mus. 2: 44.

Type specimens:
See BHL scanned Type-species page: .

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Burmeister's paper is exceptionally obscure and badly constructed, and it is not surprising therefore that the generic name Eridamus has been almost completely overlooked by later authors. Burmeister included two nominal species in this genus, but neither was selected as the type-species until the publication of Evans' book in 1952. Evans erroneously believed that Burmeister had placed only one species in this genus and therefore that the species in question, namely Goniuris tmolis was automatically the type-species by monotypy. Not- withstanding this misunderstanding on Evans' part, his explicit statement that the above was the type-species ranks as a valid type-selection under Article 69 (a) (iii) of the Code.

The appearance in the literature of this long-forgotten name would have justified the submission to the Commission of a request for it to be rejected as a nomen oblitum, if its acceptance would have displaced some name in current use. Fortunately, this is not the case, Goniuris tmolis, the type-species of Eridamus, being currently considered on taxonomic grounds to be congeneric with Papilio tityrus Fabricius, 1775, the type-species of Epargyreus Hübner, [1819]. By this lucky chance the unwanted name Eridamus Burmeister disappears as a junior subjective synonym of Epargyreus Hübner.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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