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Stalachtis Hübner, 1818 . Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1 : 9.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Stalachtis phaedusa Hübner, 1818. Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1: 9, pl.[3], figs 13-14.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1964. Annot. lep. : 130.

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

This is one of those cases in which a nominal genus remained until recently without a validly selected type-species owing to the fact that, when the currently accepted type-species was selected, the author making the selection (Scudder) erroneously treated the Verzeichniss and not the Zuträge as the work in which the generic name was first published. The portion (signature 2, page 27) of the Verzeichniss containing the name Stalachtis was published in 1819, and from the species there placed in this genus, Scudder in 1875 (Proc. amer. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston, 10 : 270) selected Papilio phlegia Cramer, [1779] (Uitl. Kapellen 3 (17) : 9, pl. 197, fig. F). Unfortunately, that species was not included in the genus Stalachtis in the volume of the Zuträge established in the previous year. From the two species cited in the Zuträge, I have selected Stalachtis phaedusa Hübner as type-species. This species is commonly considered to be congeneric with Papilio phlegia Cramer, the false type set up by Scudder, and accordingly its selection as type-species avoids any disturbance in existing nomenclatorial practice.

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

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Stalactis ; Westwood, 1851: pl.73, fig. 6.

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