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

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Mictris Evans, 1955 . Cat. amer. Hesp. Brit. Mus. 4 : 477.

Objective Replacement Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Mycteris caerula Mabille, 1877. Petites Nouv. ent. 2(167): 114.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
(through Article 67.8 (replacement names)) .

Type specimens:
Type COLOMBIA: ? Locality, (BMNH, London).. See images in Buttterflies of America as Mictris crispus caerula (Mabille, 1877)

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Mictris was introduced by Evans as a replacement for Mycteris Mabille, 1877, which is invalid under the Law of Homonymy.

The taxon represented by the nominal species Mycteris caerula Mabille is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as a subspecies of the taxon represented by the older-estabhshed nominal species Pellicia crispus Herrich-Schaeffer, 1870 (CorrespBl. zool.-min. Ver. Regensburg 24 : 160).

When introducing the replacement name Mictris, Evans (who accepted the view set out above that Mycteris caerula Mabille represented a subspecies of Pellic a crispus Herrich-Schaeffer) fell into the error of designating Pellicia crispus as the type-species of Mictris, not realizing that a replacement genus takes automatically as its type-species whatever is the nominal species, in this case, Mycteris caerula Mabille, which is the type-species of the genus the name of which is so replaced (Article 67 (i)), irrespective of views held by the later author as to the taxonomic status of the taxon represented by that nominal species.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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See images at Butterflies of America where it is treated in the Pyrrginae: Carcharodini.

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Junior name(s):
Micteris ; Spitz, 1932: 871.
Mycteris Mabille, 1877: 114.

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