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

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Tarsoctenus Watson, 1893 . Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1893 : 17 [key], 21.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Pyrrhopyga plutia Hewitson, 1857. Ill. exot. Butts 5: [119], pl.[60], fig.7.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by original designation .

Type specimens:
Type BRAZIL (AM): Villa Nova, (BMNH, London).. See images in Buttterflies of America.

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The taxon represented by the nominal species Pyrrhopyga plutia Hewitson is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as a subspecies of the same taxon as that represented by the nominal species Pyrrhopyga [sic] praecia Hewitson, [1857] (Ill. exot. Butts 2 : [118], pl. [59], fig. 6). As the species-group names plutia and praecia were published on the same date and in the same work, the relative precedence to be accorded to them depends on the choice made by the First Reviser. It appears that the first author to make such a choice in this case was Evans when in 1952 (Cat. amer. Hesp. Brit. Mus. 2 : 18-19) he gave precedence to the name praecia by treating it as the name of a species, while according to the name plutia the lower status of the name of a subspecies of praecia. This allocation of relative status is accordingly accorded here to these two names.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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See images at Butterflies of America where it is treated in the subfamily Eudaminae.

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