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

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Genus:
Sphinx Linnaeus, 1758 . Systema Naturae (Edn 10) 1 : 489.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
BOMBYCOIDEA : SPHINGIDAE : SPHINGINAE : SPHINGINI

Type-species:
Sphinx ligustri Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 490.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Int. Commn zool. Nom. , 1956. Opin. Decl. int. Commn zool. Nom. 11: 423 (Opinion 379).    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) [EUROPE]: ? Locality, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Placed on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology: Name No.905, with S. ligustri designated as type-species under the plenary powers of the Commission.

SPHINX was included within the subfamily SPHINGIDAE: SPHINGINAE by Lemaire & Minet, in Kristensen (1999).

Kitching & Cadiou (2000) include GARGANTUA Kirby, 1892; HERSE Agassiz, 1846; HERSE Oken, 1815; HYLOECUS Agassiz, 1846; HYLOECUS Kuznetsova, 1906; HYLOICUS Hübner, 1819; LETHIA Hübner, 1819; LINTNERIA Butler, 1876; MESOSPHINX Cockerell, 1920; and SPECTRUM Scopoli, 1777 as junior synonyms of SPHINX Linnaeus, 1758.

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Junior name(s):
Herse Agassiz, 1846: 35.
Herse Oken, 1815: 762.
Phinx ; Füessly, 1781: (1).
Spectrum Scopoli, 1777: 413.
Sphynx ; Pallas, 1771: 472.


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