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

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Lychnuchus Hübner, 1831 . Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 3 : 24.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Lychnuchus olenus Hübner, 1831. Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: 24, pl.[84], figs 487-488.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 210.    [BHLBHL]

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

I showed in 1937 (Hübner, 1 : 456) that the text of Volume 3 of the Zuträge was written by Hübner and was awaiting publication at the time of his death in 1826. Thus, although this volume was not actually published until several years later, the new names in it are attributable to Hübner and not to Geyer, whose only role in this matter was seeing through the press the text which Hübner had written.

Hübner placed two nominal species in this genus and Scudder was accordingly in error when he stated that Lychnuchus olenus was the type-species by monotypy. Scudder's statement that this species was the type-species was perfectly definite and thus ranks under Article 69 (a) (iii) of the Code as a valid type-selection.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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See images at Butterflies of America where it is treated in the Hesperiinae : Calpodini.

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Junior name(s):
Lichnusus ; Spitz, 1932: 878.
Lychnucrus ; Zikán & Zikán, 1968: 60.
Lychnucus ; Scudder, 1875: 210.

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