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Pseudopontia Plötz, 1870 . Stett. ent. Ztg 31 : 348.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Pseudopontia calabarica Plötz, 1870. Stett. ent. Ztg 31: 348, pl.2, figs 1a-f.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The taxon represented by the nominal species Pseudopontia calabarica Plötz is currently treated subjectively as representing the same taxon as that represented by the older established nominal species Globiceps paradoxa Felder (C.) & Felder (R.), 1869 (Petites Nouvelles ent. 1 (8) [31]).

In addition to being the type-species of Globiceps Felder (C.) & Felder (R.), 1869, the name of which is invalid under the Law of Homonymy, the nominal species Globiceps paradoxa is the type-species of the replacement genus Gonophlebia Felder (R.), June 1870 (Petites Nouvelles ent. 2 (24) : 95). Thus, the names Gonophlebia and Pseudopontia are subjective synonyms of one another, the nominal species which are the respective type-species of these genera being considered to represent the same taxon. Both these names were published in 1870, Gonophlebia in June and Pseudopontia in September. Under the Law of Priority therefore Pseudopontia should be sunk as a junior subjective synonym of Gonophlebia. There would however be strong objections to the adoption of this course. For, whereas the name Gonophlebia is virtually unknown, the name Pseudopontia is in universal use for this isolated genus. It has moreover been taken as the base for the family-group name Pseudopontiinae which was established for this genus by Reuter as long ago as 1897.

In these circumstances, an application has been submitted to the Commission for the suppression of the name Gonophlebia Felder (R.) in the interests of nomenclatorial stability, thus making its junior subjective synonym Pseudopontia Plötz, the oldest available name for the genus here in question. In accordance with the provisions of Article 80, the existing usage of Pseudopontia as the name for this genus is here maintained, pending the publication of the decision of the Commission on the application referred to above.

Cowan (1968: 8.) made the following comment for this and other genera:-

The status and type-species of the following genera are at present the subjects of pending applications to the Commission. Against each is shown its relevant Z.N.(S.) Case Number;

* Aetheius Hübner, 1819; 1678
Capys Hewitson; 1748
* Euphaedra Hübner; 1686
* Gonophlebia Felder; 1688
Mantoides Druce; 1768
* Najas Hübner; 1686
Neolycaena de Niceville; 1758
* Ourocnemis Baker; 1687
* Pseudopontia Plotz; 1688
Scoptes Hübner; 1748
Thrix Doherty; 1768
Virgarina Druce; 1768

Of these six Aetheius, Gonophlebia, Najas are all nomina oblita, whose revival would threaten respectively the well-known Ourocnemis, Pseudopontia, and Euphaedra. The Commission is at present deferring rulings on nomina oblita.

Pseudopontia Plotz, 1870, is a senior [subjective] synonym of Gonophlebia Felder, 1870 given by Cowan, 1983, Z.N. (S.) 1688, Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 40 (1) : 42.

PSEUDOPONTIA was included within the subfamily PIERIDAE: PSEUDOPONTIINAE by A

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Globiceps Felder, 1869: 37.

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