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

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Memphis Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 48.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio odilia Stoll, 1780. In: Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4: 79, pl.329, figs C-D.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 215. [(as a junior name of polycarmes)]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
See BHL scanned Type-species page: .

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio odilia Stoll is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as the same as that represented by the older-established nominal species Papilio polycarmes Fabricius, 1775 (Syst. Ent. : 484).

The type-species of this genus is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as being congeneric with Papilio troglodyta Fabricius, 1775, the type-species of Anaea Hübner, [1819]. These generic names were published on the same date and on the same page and in consequence the relative precedence to be accorded to them depends on the choice of the First Reviser. This was Kirby who in 1871 (Syn. Cat. diurn. Lep. : 276) gave preference to the name Anaea Hübner, sinking the name Memphis Hübner as a synonym.

Memphis Hübner, [1819] was designated as the type-genus for the new tribe Memphidini (Charaxidae, Anaeinae) [Memphis is now placed in the Nymphalidae, Charaxinae] by Rydon, 1971, Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 83 : 341. [Anaeinae is not adopted here].

MEMPHIS was included within the subfamily NYMPHALIDAE: CHARAXINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Corycia Hübner, 1825: pl.[55].

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