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

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Hypocysta Westwood, 1851 , in Doubleday. Gen. diurn. Lep. 2 : pl.67, fig. 3.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Hypocysta euphemia Westwood, 1851. In: Doubleday, Gen. diurn. Lep. : pl.67, fig.3.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The relevant portion of the text (: 396-398) was published in June 1851. This text has no nomenclatorial significance, for (as noted above) the type-species of this genus had been determined by monotypy as from the publication of plate 67 a few weeks earlier. It may be noted however that in the text Westwood abandoned the use of the name Hypocysta, placing it in the synonymy of Coenonympha Hübner, [1819] ; at the same time he explained (: 397) that his original idea had been to place two species in the genus Hypocysta, namely Hypocysta euphemia and Papilio irius Fabricius, 1775 (Syst. Ent. : 487). Later Butler (1868, Ent. mom. Mag. 4 : 196) sought to select Papilio irius Fabricius as the type-species, but that selection was of course, invalid, the type-species having been determined by monotypy as from the moment at which this genus was established on plate 67.

HYPOCYSTA was included within the subfamily NYMPHALIDAE: SATYRINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Hypocista ; Hewitson, 1863: [99].
Hypocyste ; Gaede, 1931: 28.

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