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

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Nessaea Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 41.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio ancaeus Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 486.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1943. Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B), 12(2): 28.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio ancaeus Linnaeus is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as representing the same taxon as that represented by the nominal species Papilio obrinus Linnaeus, 1758 (loc. cit. (ed. 10) 1 : 470). As the specific names ancaeus and obrinus were published in the same work and on the same date, the relative precedence to be accorded to them depends on the choice of the First Reviser. The First Reviser in this case was Hübner when in [1819] (Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (3) : 4) he adopted the specific name ancaeus Linnaeus, sinking the specific name obrinus Linnaeus as a junior synonym. It is to be noted that a good many modern authors, relying apparently on the so-called Principle of Page-Precedence, have incorrectly followed the opposite course.

Papilio ancaeus Linnaeus, 1758, was designated as the type-species for Nessaea Hübner, 1819 by Vane-Wright, 1981, Systematic Entomology 6 (1) : 119.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Epicallia Erichson, 1849: 598.
Nessea ; Davis, 1928: 82.

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