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Oboronia Karsch, 1893 . Berl. ent. Z. 38(1/2) : 229.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Oboronia staudingeri Hemming, 1960. Annot. lep. : 33.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1960. Annot. lep. : 35.

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

This genus was established by Karsch with two included nominal species, but without a designated or indicated type-species. One of the included nominal species was cited by Karsch as "Lycaena elorea Staudinger". There is however no such nominal species, the reference being to a misuse by Staudinger in 1888 (in Staudinger in Schatz, Exot. Schmett. Th. 1 (Bd 1) (Lief. 6) : 270-271 ; ibidem. Th. 1 (Bd 2) : pl. 94, row [5], fig. 1 - male) of the name Papilio elorea Fabricius, 1793 (Ent. syst. 3 (1) : 194). The taxon described and figured by Staudinger under the above misapplied name was without a name objectively applicable to it until in 1960 I established the nominal species Oboronia staudingeri with, as its holotype, the specimen figured by Staudinger on the plate referred to above. As shown above, this nominal species was thereupon selected by myself to be the type-species of the genus Oboronia Karsch.

The taxon represented by the nominal species Oboronia staudingeri Hemming is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as being the same as that represented by the nominal species Plebeius punctatus Dewitz, 1879 (Nova Acta Leop. Carol. 41 (Pars 2) (No. 2) : 205, pl. 26, fig. 15). [Note : From a bibliographical point of view the serial in which the foregoing name was published is confusing owing to the multiplicity of separately paged units in which it was published. Moreover, there are confusing double titles for the plates, that on which the above species was figured bearing in addition to the number "15" the supplementary title "Africanische Tagschmetterlinge Taf. 2".] The foregoing synonym was first suggested by Karsch in 1895 (Ent. Nachr. 2t : 299) and has been accepted ever since. Thus, the arrangement made in 1960 (as described above) ensures the continued use of the name Oboronia Karsch in its accustomed sense.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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