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

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Genus:
Symmetrodes Meyrick, 1887 . Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2) 1 : 692 [key], 703.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
NOCTUOIDEA : ARCTIIDAE : LITHOSIINAE

Type-species:
Symmetrodes sciocosma Meyrick, 1888. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. (2), 2: 920.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy . [(but cited as Lithosia nitens Walker, a misidentification)]

Type specimens:
Type(s) AUSTRALIA: Queensland, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Watson, Fletcher & Nye (1980) stated:-

Symmetrodes was established for one species Lithosia nitens Walker, [1865] 1864, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 31: 231. After his redescription Meyrick added `In this instance I have identified Walker's species from description only, and it is possible I may be mistaken'. The following year Meyrick, 1888, established S. sciocosma as a new species for his misidentification L. nitens Walker sensu Meyrick, 1887, and added `I propose this name for the species which I identified from Walker's description as his Lithosia nitens; having since seen his specimens, I find the identification to be erroneous ...'. This is a case of misidentified type-species which under the Code, Article 70(a), should be referred to the Commission.

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