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

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Genus:
Mellicta Billberg, 1820 . Enum. Ins. Mus. Billb. : 77.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
PAPILIONOIDEA : NYMPHALIDAE : NYMPHALINAE : MELITAEINI

Type-species:
Papilio athalia Rottemburg, 1775. Naturforscher : 5.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Moore , 1901. Lep. ind. 5(49): 2.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
? Type status ? COUNTRY: ? Locality, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Hemming (1967) stated:-

Moore's type-selection for this genus was overlooked until attention was drawn to it by Higgins in 1955 (Trans. R. ent. Soc. Lond. 106 : 4). Up till then it had been assumed that through the selection by Barnes & McDunnough in 1916 (Contrib. nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Amer. 3 (2) : 83) the type-species was Papilio cinxia Linnaeus, 1758 ; the name Mellicta Billberg was in consequence erroneously treated during that period as a junior objective synonym of Melitaea Fabricius, 1807.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Cinclidia Hübner, 1819: 29.


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