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Heliconia Godart, 1819 . Encycl. m├ęth. Hist. nat. 9(Insectes) (1) : 203.

Unjustified Emendation

Homonyms: 2

Higher classification:

Papilio charithonia Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), 1: 757, index.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1933. Entomologist 66: 223.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

It is likely that, when Godart introduced the name Heliconia, he looked upon himself as publishing an emendation of Heliconius Latreille, 1804, but he said nothing to suggest this ; in the circumstances it seems best to treat it as a new name of his own.

The name Heliconia Godart is invalid, as it is a junior objective synonym of Heliconius Kluk, 1802. It was placed by the Commission in its Opinion 382 on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Generic Names in Zoology as Name No. 384.

Cowan (1968: 12) stated:-

HELICONIA Godart, line 1; "203" should read; 10 nota, 203

Cowan (1968: 19) stated:-

The footnote on p. 10 definitely states that Heliconius was changed to Heliconia - because most of the species bore feminine names.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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