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

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Thaites Scudder, 1875 . Mem. Am. Ass. Adv. Sci. 1 : 57.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name (fossil)

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Thaites ruminiana Scudder, 1875. Mem. Am. Ass. Adv. Sci. : 60, pl.3, figs 1, 3, 6-10.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

This name was attributed by Scudder to Heer in manuscript on the above occasion, but in 1882 (Nomencl. zool., Suppl. List : 330) he correctly attributed it to himself. Prior to being published by Scudder in 1875, the name Thaites had been published by two other authors, but on each occasion it was invalid, being a nomen nudum. The authors concerned were (i) Heer himself in 1861 (Recherches Climat. Végét. Pays Tert. (trad. C. D. Gaudin) : 205), and (ii) Saporta in 1872 (Ann. Sci. nat., Paris, Bot. (5) 15 : 342).

This name was applied by Scudder to a fossil found in the Oligocene at Aix-en-Provence. It was considered by Scudder to be a Papilionid allied to Recent Genus Thais Fabricius (i.e. Zerynthia Ochsenheimer, 1816).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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