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

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Prestonia Schaus, 1920 . Proc. U.S. natn. Mus. 57 : 109.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Prestonia clarki Schaus, 1920. Proc. U.S. natn. Mus. 57: 109.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
Holotype & Type MEXICO: SINALOA: Mazatlan, (USNM, Washington D.C.).. See images in Buttterflies of America.

Hemming (1967) stated:-

There has been considerable discussion as to the identity of the taxon represented by the nominal species Prestonia clarki Schaus. Brown (1929, Amer. Mus. Novit. No. 368 : 13) and later Klots (1933, Ent. amer. (n.s.) 12 (3) : 152, 181) took the view that the type-specimen of this nominal species is an individual form of the taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio argante Fabricius, 1775 ; under this view the name Prestonia became a junior subjective synonym of Phoebis Hübner, [1819]. Later in 1933 however Brown published a further paper (Amer. Mus. Novit. No. 653 : 5), in which he stated that he had now been enabled to study the type-specimen of Prestonia clarki and had formed the conclusion that that nominal species represented a taxonomically distinct species and further that he was now of the opinion that Prestonia was a taxonomically valid genus.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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