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

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Genus:
Melittia Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 128.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
COSSOIDEA : SESIIDAE : SESIINAE : MELITTINI

Type-species:
Sphinx bombyliformis Stoll, 1782. In: Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4: 241, 248, pl.400, fig.C.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
Type(s) [INDIA]: Coromandel coast, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Stoll spelt the name of the type-species * Bombiliformis on page 241 and bombyliformis on page 248; the latter spelling has been generally adopted by authors. Whichever spelling is adopted, under the Code Article 58(2), Sphinx bombyliformis Stoll, 1782, is a junior homonym of Sphinx bombyliformis Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (Edn 10) 1: 493, - Lepid., Sphingidae. The objective replacement name is Melittia anthedoniformis Hübner, [1819] 1816, ibidem: 128.

MELITTIA was included within the subfamily SESIIDAE: SESIINAE by Kristensen (1999).

See also Checklist of the Sesiidae of the world (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia) by Dr. Franz Pühringer.

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

Junior name(s):
Melitha ; Kirby, 1879: 145.
Poderis Boisduval, 1875: 468.


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