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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