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

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Notodonta Ochsenheimer, 1810 . Schmett. Eur. 3 : 45.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Phalaena dromedarius Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), 1: 827.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Curtis , 1839. British entomology 5: 739.

Type specimens:
Type(s) [EUROPE]: ? Locality, (? Depository)..

Nye (1975) stated:-

Notodonta has been used as the original generic name for species which are now used in the Noctuidae.

Watson, Fletcher & Nye (1980) stated:-

Invalid type-species designations: Phalaena dromedarius, Linnaeus, 1767, was designated by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid.) 1: 129.

Phalaena zizac Linnaeus, 1758, was also designated by Boisduval, 1836, ibidem 1: 134, 142.

In the Introduction to the volume, pages 1-154, Boisduval reviewed earlier classifications of Lepidoptera and designated as many as three different type-species for each generic name. In his `Exposé de notre méthode', pages 155-690, no type-species designation was made for any of the genera that he himself used. Under the Code, Article 69(a)(iii), the type-species designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type `... and if it is clear that he himself accepts as the type-species'. Boisduval's type-designations, although clearly stated, do not fulfil the last requirement and so are invalid. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work was well known to lepidopterists, the type-designations contained in it have not been accepted, either by Hemming or by other authors.

NOTODONTA was included within the subfamily NOTODONTIDAE: NOTODONTINAE by Kitching & Rawlins, in Kristensen (1999).

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Junior name(s):
Nonodonta ; Druitt, 1900: 202.
Notodon ; Meigen, 1830: 171.
Notodontula ; Nordström, 1930: 93.

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