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

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Antigonus Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 108.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Urbanus erosus Hübner, 1812. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1: pl.[153].    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
Holotype MEXICO (MOR),: ? Locality, ((BMNH, London), SMF).. See images in Buttterflies of America.

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Hübner cited the specific names of two species which he regarded as belonging to this genus. One of these was the name erosus which, as shown above, was published (in the combination Urbanus erosus) in 1812 ; the other name was ustus which was at that time a manuscript name and which was not published until after Hübner's death (Antigonus ustus Geyer, [1832], Zutr. z. Samml. exot. Schmett. 4 : 28, [124], figs 719, 720). Thus, as stated above, the nominal species Urbanus erosus Hübner was the only duly established nominal species placed by Hübner in the genus Antigonus and is automatically its type-species by monotypy.

Butler (1870, Ent. mon. Mag. 7 : 98), not realizing that at the time when the name Antigonus was published by Hübner the specific name ustus Hübner was no more than a manuscript name, fell into the error of selecting that "species" as the type-species of this genus.

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: Pyrgini.

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