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

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Polygrapha Staudinger, 1887 , in Staudinger & Schatz. Exot. Schmett. Theil 1 (Band 1)(17) : 182.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Paphia cyanea Salvin & Godman, 1868. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4), 2: 148.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Staudinger stated that Polygrapha was a manuscript name for a genus with the above species as type-species which Schatz intended to describe in the second portion of their joint work. The publication of this name by Staudinger with a type-species for the genus constituted prior to 1930 a valid publication for a generic name ; accordingly Polygrapha is attributable to Staudinger and ranks for priority as from March 1887. Schatz did not live to publish this generic name which was however published by Röber in [October 1888] (in Schatz, in Staudinger & Schatz, Exot. Schmett. Bd 1 (Th. 2) : 169 nota 1, 174, 175 ; ibidem. 2 : pl. 29) in his continuation of the text of Schatz's volume. Röber also placed only Paphia cyanea Salvin & Godman in Polygrapha.

Polygrapha Staudinger, [March 1887] was designated as the type-genus for the new tribe Polygraphini (Charaxidae, Anaeinae) [Polygrapha is now placed in the Nymphalidae, Charaxinae] by Rydon, 1971, Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 83 : 340. [Anaeinae is not adopted here].

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Pseudocharaxes Salazar, 2001: 29.
Zikania Salazar & Constantino, 2001: 358.

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