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

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Genus:
Acherontia Laspeyres, 1809 . Jena. allg. Lit.-Ztg 4(240) : 100.

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
BOMBYCOIDEA : SPHINGIDAE : SPHINGINAE : ACHERONTIINI

Type-species:
Sphinx atropos Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 490.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by original designation .

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

Notes:
Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Ochsenheimer, 1808, Schmett. Eur. 2: 183-256, divided the genus SPHINX Linnaeus, 1758, into five sections, which he termed Families. In an anonymous review, later attributed to Ochsenheimer (1816, Schmett. Eur. 4: v) to Laspeyres, the four species included in Ochsenheimer's Family IV were separated into two genera; three species were placed in SPHINX, and ACHERONTIA was proposed for atropos.

ACHERONTIA was included within the subfamily SPHINGIDAE: SPHINGINAE by Lemaire & Minet, in Kristensen (1999).

Kitching & Cadiou (2000) list * ATROPOS Oken, 1815; ATROPOS Agassiz, 1846; BRACHYGLOSSA Boisduval, 1828; and * MANDUCA Hübner, 1806 as junior names of ACHERONTIA Laspeyres, 1809.

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Junior name(s):
Atropos Agassiz, 1846: 9.
Atropos Oken, 1815: 762.
Brachyglossa Boisduval, 1828: 33.
Manduca Hübner, 1806: [1].


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