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

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Theretra Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 135.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Sphinx equestris Fabricius, 1793. Systema entomologiae 3(1): 365.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Kirby , 1892. Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 659. [(as a junior name of nessus Drury)]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) INDIA: eastern, (? Depository)..

Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Kirby cited as type-species Sphinx nessus Drury, 1773, a nominal species not originally included in Theretra. At the same time, however, Kirby placed nessus as a senior synonym of equestris, a nominal species originally included in Theretra. Under the Code, Article 69(a)(iv), this designation constitutes the fixation of the originally included nominal species as the type-species.

S. equestris is a junior subjective synonym of Sphinx nessus Drury, 1773, Illust. nat. Hist. exot. Insects 2: 46, index, pl.27, fig.1.

THERETRA was included within the subfamily SPHINGIDAE: MACROGLOSSINAE by Lemaire & Minet, in Kristensen (1999).

Kitching & Cadiou (2000) list FLORINA Tutt, 1903; GNATHOSTYPSIS Wallengren, 1858; HATHIA Moore, 1882 and OREUS Hübner, 1819 as junior synonyms of THERETRA Hübner, 1819.

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