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Phavaraea Walker, 1854 . List Spec. lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. (2) : 315.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Centronia rejecta Geyer, 1832. In: Hübner, Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 4: 18, [pl.115], figs 663, 664.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy . [(but included by Walker as `Centronia Erynnis Geyer' a misidentification)]

Type specimens:
Type(s) NEOTROPICAL: ? Locality, (? Depository).. Type-locality cited as Java, but this was probably an error as the species illustrated is not known to occur in the Old World, but is distributed in tropical South America

Watson, Fletcher & Nye (1980) stated:-

Walker cited the name erynnis (established as Zygaena erynnis Fabricius, 1777, Genera Insect.: 297, a taxon now placed in the Ctenuchidae) but gave the reference to C. rejecta. Both taxa are of a similiar, very distinctive, external appearance. The specimens described by Walker were however of rejecta.

Phavaraea is a nominal genus having a misidentified type-species. Under the Code, Article 70(a), such cases should be referred to the Commission. Phavaraea was established as a subgenus of Josia Hübner, [1819], at that time placed in the Lithosiidae; it was placed in the Cyllopodidae, now Geometridae, by Kirby, 1892, Synonymic Cat. Lepid. Heterocera 1: 401; and was placed in the Dioptidae by Prout, 1918, Novit. zool. 25: 426.

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Junior name(s):
Milodora Boisduval, 1870: 85.
Sagaris Walker, 1854: 313.

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