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

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Jemadia Watson, 1893 . Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1893 : 11 [key], 14.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Pyrrhopyga hospita Butler, 1877. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4), 20: 128.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Sharp , 1894. In: Sharp, Zool. Rec. 30(year 1893) (Ins.): 239.

Type specimens:
? Type status PERU: ? Locality, (? Depository)..

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The present is one of the very few cases in which Watson fell into error through faulty editing of his paper. What happened was that in his generic key on page II the designated Pyrrhopyga [sic] patrobas Hewitson, [1857] (Ill. exot. Butts 2 : [117], p. [59], fig. 1) as type-species of Jemadia, but three pages later (: 14) he designated Pyrrhopyga [sic] hospita Butler, 1877 (Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 20 : 128). It may be assumed that at some stage he changed his mind as to the species to be designated as the type-species, but there is no evidence to show which of the foregoing names was the one that represented his final choice and which therefore remained in the paper as type-species by inadvertence. What is certain however is that for the above reason Watson failed to make a nomenclatorially effective type-selection. This deficiency was made good (probably inadvertently also) by Sharp in his capacity of editor of the Insecta Section of the Zoological Record, when he unambiguously stated that Pyrrhopyga hospita was the type-species. This arrangement has been correctly followed by later authors. (The nominal species Pyrrhopyga patrobas is currently treated subjectively as belonging to a different genus, Elbella Evans, 1951).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Jamadia ; Weeks, 1901: 30.
Jemaria ; Campos, 1927: 98.

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