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

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Cocytius Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 140.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Sphinx jatrophae Fabricius, 1775. Systema entomologiae : 538.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Kirby , 1892. Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 686. [(as a junior name of antaeus Drury)]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) AMERICA: The species is now known to occur in the south-eastern U.S.A., the Antilles, and in Central and South America, (? Depository)..

Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

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

S. jatrophae is a junior subjective synonym of Sphinx antaeus Drury, 1773, Illust. nat. Hist. exot. Insects 2: 43, index, pl.25, fig.1.

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

Kitching & Cadiou (2000) list AMPHONYX Poey, 1832 and ANCISTROGNATHUS Wallengren, 1858 as junior synonyms of COCYTIUS Hübner, 1819.

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Junior name(s):
Ancistrognathus Wallengren, 1858: 138.

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