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

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Genus:
Megathymus Scudder, 1872 . Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. 4 : 62.

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
HESPERIOIDEA : HESPERIIDAE : MEGATHYMINAE : MEGATHYMINI

Type-species:
Eudamus (?) yuccae Boisduval & Le Conte, 1837. Hist. gén. icon. Lépid. Chenilles Amér. sept. : pl.70, figs.

Type-species designation:
by original designation .

Type specimens:
Neotype & Neoallotype USA (SC),: ? Locality, (AMNH, New York).. See images in Buttterflies of America

Notes:
Cowan (1970: 16) stated:-

Papers are now in press (J. Soc. Biblphy. nat. Hist.) on the two well-known European works, the Icones hist. Lep. by Boisduval and the Collection des Chenilles by Boisduval, Rambur, D. M., and Graslin. Although the collations were approximately known, the exact details have been worked out. All citations by Hemming are correctly dated.

However, the other serial work, Boisduval & Le Conte, 1829-37, Hist. gen. Iconogr. Lép. Amér. sept., was ill-documented. A study has been made of all the contemporary periodicals and records to establish satisfactory data, and the results appear in J. Soc. Biblphy. nat. Hist. 5 (2) : 125-134.

Corrigenda; "Leconte" should read Le Conte in all cases.

Where a date is given, this also applies. Names in brackets are ones where the citation occurs in the discussion; only four generic names themselves are affected.

AGANISTHOS [1835], (CELTIPHAGA) [1837], AGRAULIS [1835], (EPIDEMIA) [l835], (ASTEROCAMPA) [1835], (EUPSYCHE) [1835], (ATRYTONE) [1837], (HEDONE) [1837], CALLIDRYAS - , (MEGATHYMUS) [1835], (MITOURA) [1835], (NYMPHIDIA) [1835], (RHABDOIDES) -, RHODOCERA -, XANTHIDA [1830].

[Therefore the type-species year was changed from [1834] (in Hemming, 1967, p.281) to [1835]].

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

Learn more about Hesperiidae in Wikipedia.

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

Search the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) for references to MEGATHYMUS and included species.

Junior name(s):
Megathimus ; Madariaga, 1931: 286.
Methymus ; Forbes, 1906: 137.
Mgathymus ; Stallings & Turner, 1958: 137.


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