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Miletus Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 71.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio symethus Cramer, 1777. Uitl. Kapellen 2: 84, pl.149, figs B-C.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Westwood , 1852. In: Doubleday, Gen. diurn. Lep. : 502.    [BHLBHL]

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Miletus Hübner has had an unfortunate history, so far as concerns the determination of its type-species. The trouble began in 1875 (Proc. amer. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10 : 219) when Scudder selected Papilio polycletus Linnaeus, 1758 (: 485) as the type-species of Miletus. The effect of this type-selection, if accepted, would have been to make Miletus Hübner a senior objective synonym of the name Hypochrysops Felder (C.) & Felder (R.), 1860. The majority of specialists refused to make the disturbing change involved in substituting the name Miletus for the name Hypochrysops, those who took this line including Druce (1891, Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. 1891 : 171) and Grünbert ([1931], in Seitz, Grosschmett. Erde 9 : 837-849). On the other hand, some authors, such as Waterhouse (1903, Proc. linn. Soc. N.S.W. 28 : 158, 175), went over to the use of the name Miletus in place of the name Hypochrysops. Practice in this matter had not become uniform when the whole situation was transformed by the discovry that Scudder's type-selection of 1875 had been anticipated by the selection by Westwood in 1852 of an entirely different species, namely Papilio symethus Cramer to be the type-species of this genus. This discovery put an end to the previous controversy by providing the name Hypochrysops with an unassailable position. On the other hand, the fact that Papilio symethus was now seen to be the type-species of this genus meant that the name Miletus became a senior objective synonym of Gerydus Boisduval, [1836], itself a well-known name. The required change in the use of the name Miletus was effected with relatively little difficulty and is now fully established.

Cowan (1970: 51) stated:-

"Grünbert, [1931] to read - Grünberg, [1913]"]

MILETUS was included within the subfamily LYCAENIDAE: MILETINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Geridus ; Westwood, 1851: pl.76, fig. 5.
Gerydus Boisduval, 1836: 6, pl.23 [= pl.7 C], fig. 2.

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