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Telicota Moore, 1881 . Lepid. Ceylon 1(4) : 169.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio colon Fabricius, 1775. Systema entomologiae : 531.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Int. Commn zool. Nom. , 1967. Bull. zool. Nom. 24: 282-283 (Opinion 831).    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

Moore designated Papilio augias Linnaeus, 1763 (Amoen. acad. 6 : 410) as the type-species of the genus. Clearly, however, he was doubtful as to the interpretation of this nominal species, for he sought to give precision to the concept represented by that nominal species by associating with it a reference to the very crude figure given by Donovan in his Insects of China (pl. 48, fig. 1), which is currently considered to be unrecognizable. The taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio augias Linnaeus is one of two which, though very distinct structurally and readily separable also superficially, were formerly confused with one another, the other being the taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio colon Fabricius. Fortunately, the types of both these ancient species are still available, that of Papilio augias in the Linnaean collection in London and that of Papilio colon in the Copenhagen Museum. The distinguishing characters of these species were fully worked out by Evans in 1949 (Cat. Hesp. Europe Asia Australia : 391-393, 394-396). When establishing the genus Telicota, Moore placed in that genus only one species which he figured as figs 4, 4a on pl. 71. Moore misidentified the taxon so figured with that to which he had himself given the name Pamphila bambusae. In fact the figures in the Lep. Ceylon represent kala Evans, 1934, the Ceylon subspecies of the taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio colon Fabricius. Further, it must be noted that, whereas (as shown above) the taxon represented by Papilio colon does occur in Ceylon, the country with the butterfly fauna of which Moore was dealing when he erected the genus Telicota, the taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio augias is not known to occur in that country. There is no doubt that the taxon which Moore thought was that represented by the nominal species Papilio augias Linnaeus, when he designated that nominal species to be the type-species of Telicota, was in fact that represented by the nominal species Papilio colon Fabricius. The Commission is therefore being asked to regularise the position by designating under Article 70 (a) the nominal species Papilio colon Fabricius to be the type-species of the genus Telicota Moore. In accordance with the provisions of Article 80, the Ceylon species (Papilio colon Fabricius) is here treated in the interests of continuity of usage as being the type-species of this genus, pending the publication of the decision by the Commission on the application submitted.

Cowan (1968) made the following comment for this and other genera

Opinions published in September and December 1967 in Bull. zool. Nomencl. 24, parts (4) and (5) CONFIRMED the forecasts given in the List [Hemming, 1967] for the following genera;

Adopaeoides Godman; Op. 825
Arisbe Hübner; Op. 823
Artines Godman; Op. 826
Gegenes Hübner; Op. 827
Halpe Moore; Op. 828
Iaspis Kaye; Op. 821
Napaea Hübner; Op. 820
Papias Godman; Op. 829
Phanes Godman; Op. 830
Phrissura Butler; Op. 824
Telicota Moore; Op. 831
Ypthima Hübner; Op. 819
Zenis Godman; Op. 832

Papilio colon Fabricius, 1775 was designated as the type-species for Telicota Moore [1881], using the plenary powers of the Commission. Papilio colon was placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology and Telicota was placed on the Generic Names in Zoology, (Opinion 831), The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 24 : 282.

TELICOTA was included within the subfamily HESPERIIDAE: HESPERIINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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