Butterflies and Moths of the World Generic Names and their Type-species

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Genus:
Gamelia Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 155.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
BOMBYCOIDEA : SATURNIIDAE : HEMILEUCINAE

Type-species:
Phalaena abasia Stoll, 1781. In: Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4: 103, pl.344, figs B, C (not A).    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Kirby , 1892. Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 781. [(but included by Hübner as `abasia Cramer', an incorrect authorship)]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) SURINAM: ? Locality, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Stoll published three figures on plate 344 to accompany his description of Phalaena abasia; fig.A, a female, and figs B and C purporting to be upper and upper sides of the male.

Oiticica, 1944, Bolm Mus. nac. Rio de J. (Nova Ser.) 26: 1-18, figs 1-10, has shown that Stoll's figs B and C represent a female of a species different from that illustrated by fig.A. He designated the species represented on plate 344, fig.B and C as Phalaena Stoll, 1781, and stated that the species represented by fig.A on the same plate was unknown to him. Kirby's type-species designation of an originally included nominal species is in no way invalidated by the subsequent discovery that two species were confused under the one name. Oiticica's virtual designation of a lectotype simply established which of the figures on Stoll's plate 344 represented Phalaena abasia.

P. abasia is dated from the wrapper of part 29, not from the title-page of volume 4 which is dated

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