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

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Genus:
Thestor Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 73.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
PAPILIONOIDEA : LYCAENIDAE : MILETINAE : LACHNOCNEMINI

Type-species:
Papilio petalus Cramer, 1779. Uitl. Kapellen 3: 84, pl.243, figs C-D.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 281. [(as a junior name of protumnus)]    [BHLBHL]

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

Notes:
Hemming (1967) stated:-

The taxon represented by Papilio petalus Cramer is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds as being the same as that represented by the older-established nominal species Papilio protumnus Linnaeus, 1764 (Mus. Lud. Ulr. : 340).

Overlooking Scudder's selection of the above species as type-species Tutt, (1906, Ent. Rec. 18 : 131) selected as type-species Papilio ballus Fabricius, 1787, the second of the two species placed by Hübner in his genus Thestor. This incorrect action led to the use for a time of the name Thestor for a Palaearctic genus, which was unfortunate because, as represented by its true type-species, the genus Thestor is confined to the Ethiopian Region, Papilio protumnus occurring only in South Africa.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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