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

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Amecera Butler, 1867 . Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 19 : 162.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio megera Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), : 771.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Butler , 1868. Ent. mon. Mag. 4(45): 195.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Butler selected the above species as type-species in 1868.

Cowan (1970: 41) stated:-

"in 1868" to read - twice in 1868.

The selection cited above is the earlier, the other (Cat. diurn. Lep. Satyridae Brit. Mus. : 123) not having been published until July of that year.

The name Amecera Butler is invalid as it is a junior objective synonym of Lasiommata Westwood, 1841, of which the same species is the type-species. (Under the erroneous belief that a nominal species could not be the type-species of more than one genus and that, where such a situation arose, it was permissible to change the type-species of the later established of the two genera concerned, Moore ([1893, Lep. ind. 2 (13) : 12 nota) sought to change the type-species of this genus to Hipparchia eversmanni (F. de W., ms.) Eversmann, 1847 (Bull. Soc. imp. Nat. Moscou 20 (3) : [no text], pl. 2, figs 5, 6).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Lasiommata Westwood, 1841: 65.

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