Butterflies and Moths of the World
Generic Names and their Type-species
Oncopus Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
Syst. Bearb. Schmett. Europ.
6 : 99, 100.
[ 1850-1858, Samml. neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereur. Schmett. 1: 19, 20.]
GEOMETROIDEA : GEOMETRIDAE : STERRHINAE
Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett.
4: 18, pl., figs 661, 662.
by subsequent designation by
Syntype(s) BRAZIL: ? Locality, (? Depository).. Type-locality statec to be Java, but this was evidently an error; the species is at present known only from BRAZIL
Fletcher (1979) stated:-
Oncopus was included by Herrich-Schäffer in his `Synopsis familiarum Lepidopterum' which was published first in Syst. Bearbeitung Schmett. Eur. 6: 82-133. The title-page of volume 6 is dated 1843-1856 but Herrich-Schäffer, 1869, CorrespBl. zool.-min. Ver. Regensburg 23: 214, has stated that Heft 68 (which included the Synopsis) was published in 1855; the Heft wrapper is so dated.
The same Synopsis was included in Samml. neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereur. Schmett. 1: 2-52; the title-page of this work is dated 1850-1858 but Gerstaecker, 1857, Arch. Naturgesch. 23 (2): 431, has stated that pages 1-52 were published in 1856. Further information is given in the Introduction to this volume under Dates of some important Publications.
This genus was originally proposed in the Lithosiidae (now Arctiidae), but has since been transferred to the Geometridae; its first published use in this family appears to have been by Prout, 1934, ibidem 61: 137.
Parsons et al. (1999) included NEOCHORISTA Warren, 1897 as a junior synonym of ONCOPUS Herrich-Schäffer, 1855.
Parsons et al. (1999) included 2 species in the genus ONCOPUS.
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