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

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Megisto Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 54.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio eurytus Fabricius, 1775. Systema entomologiae : 487.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Butler , 1868. Cat. diurn. Lep. Satyridae Brit. Mus. : 14.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

Hübner, when establishing this genus cited the specific name eurytus Fabricius in the synonymy of the name cymela Cramer accepted by him as the name for the species concerned. The citation of a specific name in a synonymy in this manner confers upon the species so named the status of an originally included species, and in consequence Butler's selection of Papilio eurytus Fabricius as the type-species of this genus was perfectly in order.

The taxon represented by the nominal species which is the type-species of this genus was formerly called by the specific name cymela Cramer (Papilio cymela Cramer, [1777], Uitl. Kapellen 2 (II) : 55, pl. 132, figs C, D), the name of a later-established nominal species, which was - and still is considered subjectively to represent the same taxon as that represented by the nominal species Papilio eurytus Fabricius.

Oppler & Warren, 2003. Butterflies of North America 2. Scientific Names List of Butterfly Species of North America, north of Mexico. Contributions of the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity Colorado State University include Megisto in the subfamily Satyrinae.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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