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

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Aricoris Westwood, 1851 , in Doubleday. Gen. diurn. Lep. 2 : pl.72, figs 7, 8.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Aricoris tisiphone Westwood, 1851. In: Doubleday, Gen. diurn. Lep. : pl.72, fig.7.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 120.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

Westwood placed two species in this genus in his plate 72, but he added five other species in his text (: 449), which was published a little later - on 7th November 1851. The importance of these dates lies in the fact that only the two species shown on the plate are eligible for selection by a later author. Scudder (1875), when fixing the type-species of new genera introduced in the Gen. diurn. Lep., ignored the plates (the dates of publication were then unknown and assumed to be the same as those of the corresponding text). In the present case no harm resulted because the species selected by Scudder was fortunately one of the two cited on the earlier-published plate (pl. 72), and the selection so made is therefore perfectly valid.

The nominal species Aricoris tisiphone Westwood is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as representing the same taxon as that represented by the older-established nominal species Erycina turana Godart, [1824] (Ency. m├ęth. 9 (Ins.) (2) : 577).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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