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

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Spalgis Moore, 1879 . Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1879 : 137.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Geridus epeus Westwood, 1851. In: Doubleday, Gen. diurn. Lep. : pl.76, fig.5.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

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

Cowan (1968: 14) stated:-

SPALGIS, line 2: "epeus" insert (recte epius)

Cowan (1968: 20) stated:-

This species had been referred to previously as "Gerydus no. 2809" by Doubleday, 1847 (List lep. Ins. Coll. Br. Mus. (2) : 57). The plate now naming it [5 Dec. 1851] was engraved "Geridus epeus Westwood". The text covering it [26 Apr. 1852] made it "Lucia epius (Gerydus ep.)" and, despite Hemming's remark "sine descr." here, a quite thorough one is given of antennae, eyes, legs, venation, and underside markings. Finally, on p. xi of the List of Plates [12 Aug. 1852] it is shown as "* Geridus epics/ Lucia ep. Westwood", the * Asterisk (see p. vii, subtitle) meaning that "species so marked are spelled more correctly in the text than on the plate.

Thus "Geridus epeus" was a double lapsus calami by the engraver for Gerydus epics, which latter spelling should stand, Westwood acting as his own First Reviser.

The case is an exact parallel to that of Megistanis baeotus Doubleday, 1849, which was published on the plate as "beotus", being changed in the following year to baeotus; discussed by Hemming in the first paragraph of List [Hemming, 1967] : 72.

SPALGIS was included within the subfamily LYCAENIDAE: MILETINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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