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Polystichtis Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 18.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio cereus Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), : Errata.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1872. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. 4: 49.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Errata [a nominal species established as a replacement for Papilio caeneus Linnaeus, 1767, Syst. Nat. (ed. 12) 1 (2) : 796].

In 1875 (Proc. amer. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10 : 254) Scudder quite without justification rejected the type-selection made by himself in 1872 and sought to select in its place the nominal species Polystichtis zeangira Hübner, [1819 (Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (2) : 18) (a nominal species introduced quite unnecessarily as a replacement for the nominal species Papilio zeanger Stoll, [1790], Aanhangs. Werk Uitl. Kapellen Pieter Cramer : 165, pl. 37, fig. 2). Scudder's mistake in 1875 led some authors (e.g. Stichel, 1930, in Strand's Lep. Cat. 41 : 628, 629) to misuse the name Polystichtis Hübner, employing it in place of Calospila Geyer, [1832], the latter name being sunk as a junior subjective synonym of Polystichtis Correctly interpreted in accordance with Scudder's type-selection of 1872, the name Polystichtis is a junior subjective synonym of Emesis Fabricius, 1807.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Polystichthis ; Agassiz, 1846: 304.

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