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

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Philaethria Billberg, 1820 . Enum. Ins. Mus. Billb. : 77.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio dido Linnaeus, 1763. In: Johansson, Centuria Insect. Rariorum : 25.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 248.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
See BHL scanned Type-species page: .

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Papilio dido has often been attributed to Clerck instead of to Linnaeus. For the reasons which have been explained in the note on the name Metamandana Stichel, this is incorrect. Clerck's plate showing Papilio dido, though already in existence, had not been published at the time when this name was published by Linnaeus in the Amoen. acad.

It must be recalled here also that (as fully explained in the note on the name Metamandana) there was a period of over twenty-five years during which, following a mistake made by Godman & Salvin in 1881, this genus was erroneously called by the generic name Metamorpha Hübner, [1819], a name properly applicable to a Junoniine Nymphalid.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Metamandana Stichel, 1908: 6.

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