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

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Mylothris Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 90.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio poppea Cramer, 1777. Uitl. Kapellen 2: 21, pl.110, fig.D.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Butler , 1870. Cist. ent. 1(3): 42.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

The first of the nominal species recognized by Hübner as belonging to his new genus Mylothris was Papilio arsalte Linnaeus, 1758, in the synonymy of which he cited Papilio poppea Cramer. This arrangement was based upon a complete misunderstanding, for, whereas Papilio poppea does in fact belong to the Pierid genus which Hübner had set himself to establish under the name Mylothris, the species represented by the nominal species Papilio arsalte is not even a Pierid, being a member of the family Hesperidae. Luckily, by the provision adopted by the Paris Congress in 1948, and now embodied in Article 69 (a) (i), under which a nominal species, the name of which is cited in a synonymy at the time of the establishment of a new nominal genus, itself ranks as one of the originally included species of that genus. Accordingly, the nominal species Papilio poppea Cramer ranks as one of the originally included species of the genus Mylothris Hübner and by the selection made by Butler in 1870 is the type-species that genus.

MYLOTHRIS was included within the subfamily PIERIDAE: PIERINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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