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

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Genus:
Pyrophila Stephens, 1829 . Illust. Br. Ent. (Haustellata) 2 : 164.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
NOCTUOIDEA : NOCTUIDAE : AMPHIPYRINAE

Type-species:
Phalaena tragopoginis Clerck, 1759. Icon. Insect. rariorum 1: pl.[1], fig.5.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Westwood , 1840. Synopsis Genera Br. Insects : 94.

Type specimens:
Type ? COUNTRY: ? Locality, [Type(s) lost]..

Notes:
Nye (1975) stated:-

Invalid designation of type-species: P tragopoginis aras also designated by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. insectes (Lepid.) 1: 144. Boisduval in his lengthy Introduction, up to page 154, reviewed earlier classifications and designated up to three different type-species for each generic name. In his 'Exposé de notre méthode' from page 155-690, no type-species designations were made for the genera he himself used. Under the Code, Article 69(a) (iii), the type-designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type'. . . and if it is clear that he himself accepts the type-species'. Boisduval's type-designation although clearly stated do not fulfil the last requirement and so are invalid. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work well known to lepidopterists, the type-designations contained in it have not in the past been accepted by Hemming or by other authors. The acceptance of Boisduval's designation in this case would make no difference to the generic concept.

Pyrophila is a junior objective synonym of Amphipyra Ochsenheimer, 1816.

See: AMPHIPYRA Ochsenheimer, 1816.

Poole (1989) included SCOTOPHILA Hübner, 1821; PYROPHILA Stephens, 1929; PHILOPYRA Guenée, 1852; and NEOCOMIA Rougemont, 1902 as junior synonyms of AMPHIPYRA Ochsenheimer, 1816.

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Senior name:
Amphipyra Ochsenheimer, 1816: 70.


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