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Lampidella Hemming, 1933 . Entomologist 66 : 224.

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio boeticus Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), : 789.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by original designation .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

This was a manuscript name which I had intended to introduce for the above species at a time when it was believed - wrongly, as it later turned out - that it was without a generic name, consequent upon the realization that the true type-species of Lampides Hübner, [1819], in which it had hitherto been placed was a quite different species. While the paper in which I had intended, inter alia, to introduce this generic name was passing through the press, I discovered the overlooked name Cosmolyce Toxopeus, 1927, of which Papilio boeticus Linnaeus is also the type-species, a discovery which rendered unnecessary the introduction, as previously proposed, of the new name Lampidella. The corrections which I thereupon made in the proof of my paper were unfortunately not as complete as they should have been with the result that, although in the form in which the paper was published attention was drawn to the name Cosmolyce, there remained by accident a sentence introducing the name Lampidella with the above species as type-species. The paper in question was published in October 1933, and immediately upon its appearance I realized what had happened and wrote a short correction which was published two months later (Hemming, Dec. 1933, loc. cit. 66 : 277).

Four years after the publication of the foregoing papers a lucky chance brought to light a hitherto unnoticed selection of Papilio boeticus as the type-species of Lampides made prior to any previously known type-selection for that genus. In consequence, the name Lampidella, which was already invalid as a junior objective synonym of Cosmolyce Toxopeus, is now seen, jointly with that name, to be a junior objective synonym of Lampides Hübner.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Lampides Hübner, 1819: 70.

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