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

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Coenonympha Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 65.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio geticus Esper, 1789. Die Schmett. in Abbildungen : 51, pl.102, fig.2.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Butler , 1868. Ent. mon. Mag. 4(45): 194.

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

When establishing the genus Coenympha, Hübner placed at the head of the list of included species his own new nominal species Coenonymphia oedipe, which in accordance with his custom in the Verzeichniss was based entirely upon bibliographical references to plates or portions of text published by previous authors. The second of the three specific names so cited was geticus Esper. Under Article 69 (a) (i) the citation of a specific name in the synonymy of one of the originally included species given by the author when establishing a genus confers upon the species bearing the specific name so cited the status of an originally included species. Butler's selection of Papilio geticus Esper as the type-species of the genus Coenonympha Hübner was therefore perfectly in order.

The taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio geticus is currently treated subjectively on taxonomic grounds either as a subspecies of, or as the same as, the taxon represented by the nominal species Papilio oedippus Fabricius, 1787 (Mantissa Ins. 2 : 31).

COENONYMPHA was included within the subfamily NYMPHALIDAE: SATYRINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Caenonympha ; Butler, 1868: 39.
Coenomorpha ; Newman, 1842: 268.
Coenonymphia ; Hemming, 1967: 120.

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