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

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Oeonus Godman, 1900 , in Godman & Salvin. Biol. centr.-amer. (Insecta. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera) 2 : 539.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Oeonus pyste Godman, 1900. In: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer. (Insecta. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera), 2: 540, pl.98, figs 38-41.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
Syntype MEXICO (VER): Atoyac, (BMNH, London).. See images in Buttterflies of America.

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Godman stated that this genus was based on the characters given for "the single species from Mexico", i.e. Oeonus pyste, then described as new. He added that "Hesperia degener Plötz from Venezuela probably belongs here" [i.e. in the genus Oeonus]. As Plötz's degener is only doubtfully referred to the genus, it is ineligible for selection as type-species, and accordingly Oeonus pyste, as the only species definitely placed in the genus is automatically the type-species by monotypy.

See also electronic Biologia centrali americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera volume 2

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

Learn more about Hesperiidae in Wikipedia.

See images at Butterflies of America where it is treated in the Hesperiinae : Hesperiini.

Search the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) for references to OEONUS and included species.

Junior name(s):
Aeonus ; Mabille, 1904: 151.
Oenonus ; Hayward, 1964: 325.

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