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

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Thecla Fabricius, 1807 , in Illiger. Mag. Insektenk. (Illiger) 6 : 286.

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio betulae Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 482.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Swainson , 1821. Zool. Illustr. 2: 482, pl..    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
See BHL scanned Type-species page: .

Hemming (1967) stated:-

During the latter part of the XIXth century the name Thecla Fabricius was widely misused for the Strymonid Hairstreaks consequent upon the mistaken action of Scudder (1872, 4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. 1871 : 50) in rejecting Swainson's type-selection of Papilio betulae Linnaeus and in seeking to set up Papilio spini [Dennis & Schiffermüller] as type-species ; in the same period the true Theclids were normally placed in Zephyrus Dalman, 1816 (a nominal genus bearing a name which is a junior objective synonym of Thecla Fabricius, its type-species also being Papilio betulae Linnaeus).

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

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Aurotis Dalman, 1816: 63, 90.
Ruralis Tutt, 1906: 130.
Tecla ; Reed, 1877: 649.
Theclaria ; Rafinesque, 1815: 128, no. 36.
Theda ; Motschulsky, 1866: 191.
Zephyrius ; Billberg, 1820: 80.
Zephyrus Dalman, 1816: 62.

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