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

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Genus:
Alazonia Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 46.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
PAPILIONOIDEA : NYMPHALIDAE : HELICONIINAE : ACRAEINI

Type-species:
Papilio cydippe Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), : 776.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1934. Entomologist 67(849): 37.

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

Notes:
Hemming (1967) stated:-

When citing the nominal species Papilio cydippe, Hübner gave as the Linnean reference the number `163', which (as shown above) was the number allotted to this species by Linnaeus in 1767. Although the name Papilio cydippe (as applied to the present species) is commonly cited as having been first published in 5767 in the Twelfth Edition of the Syst. Nat., it was in fact first published four years earlier in 1763 (Amoen. acad. 6 : 409) ; this was clearly indicated by Linnaeus himself in 1767 by citing the earlier Amoen. acad. reference. It is no longer necessary however to take account of the usage of this name in 1763, for by a Ruling given by the Commission under its Plenary Powers in its Opinion 501 (1958, Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 18 : 1-64) all usages of the specific name cydippe in the combination Papilio cydippe published before 1767 were suppressed for the purposes both of the Law of Priority and of the Law of Homonymy. The effect of this Ruling was to validate the specific name cydippe Linnaeus, 1767, as published in the combination Papilio cydippe, which was thereupon placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology as Name No. 1474. (It should be explained that the action by the Commission described above formed part of a general plan for putting an end to a situation of great confusion which had arisen in connection with the interpretation of a different nominal species also bearing the name Papilio cydippe established by Linnaeus in 1761.)

Cowan (1970: 41) stated:-

ALAZONIA & type-species : print light. The name is invalid as a junior objective synonym of Cethosia Fabricius, 1807.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Cethosia Fabricius, 1807: 280.


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