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Lysandra Hemming, 1933 . Entomologist 66 : 277.

Objective Replacement Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio coridon Poda, 1761. Ins. Mus. graec. : 77.

Type-species designation:
(through Article 67.8 (replacement names)) .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

When at the beginning of the present century Tutt set out to prepare his work, the Natural History of British Butterflies, he invited Thomas Algernon Chapman to make a comprehensive study of the morphology of the European species till then commonly grouped in a most incongruous manner in the single genus Lycaena Fabricius. After completing this survey, which he extended to cover also a large number of extra-European species, Chapman came to the conclusion that there was a considerable number of groups clearly separable from one another by the form of the male genitalia, which deserved separating as distinct genera ; one of these groups was that centring around the well-known species Papilio coridon Poda. At this stage Chapman handed over his results to Tutt who thereupon allotted generic names to these groups, introducing numerous new ones for this purpose. In the case of the coridon-group he reintroduced the long-forgotten name Agriades Hübner, of which he erroneously believed Papilio coridon to be the type-species (Tutt, 1906, Ent. Rec. 18 : 13 ; id., [1906] Nat. Hist. Brit. Butts 1 : 313). on the discovery that the true type-species of Agriades was a species belonging to a quite different group the coridon-group was seen to be without an available generic name. In 1929 I endeavoured to fill this gap by establishing the nominal genus Uranops with Papilio coridon as type-species. Unfortunately, this effort proved unsuccessful, for the name Uranops was found to be invalid under the Law of Homonymy. I then introduced the replacement name Lysandra, the name currently used for this genus. In 1956 the Commission in its Opinion 429 (Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 14 : 323-338) placed the name Lysandra Hemming on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as Name No. 1023.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Argus Scopoli, 1763: 176.
Uranops Hemming, 1929: 243.

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