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Gonepteryx Leach, 1815 , in Brewster. Edinburgh Encycl. 9 : 127.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio rhamni Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 470.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by monotypy .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

If the ordinary rules in the Code had been permitted to apply in this case, the name Gonepteryx [Leach] would have been invalid as a junior objective synonym of Colias Fabricius, 1807. The transfer of the name Colias from the "Clouded Yellows" ("Sulphurs") to the "Brimstones" and the consequent disappearance of the name Gonepteryx in synonymy would have created such extremely serious confusion and misunderstanding that in 1934 it was decided to seek the aid of the Commission to protect the universal and long-established usage of these names. The full history of that application has been given in the discussion on the name Colias. It is therefore only necessary here to take note that the desired protection was afforded by the action of the Commission in designating Papilio hyale Linnaeus, 1758, to be the type-species of Colias Fabricius, this action having the simultaneous effect also of validating the name Gonepteryx for Papilio rhamni. The decision of the Commission in this matter was promulgated in Opinion 146, published in 1943 (Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 2 : 109-121).

GONEPTERYX was included within the subfamily PIERIDAE: COLIADINAE by Ackery et al., in Kristensen (1999).

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Earina Speyer, 1839: 98.
Eugonepteryx Nekrutenko, 1968: 27, 57.
Goniapteryx ; Westwood, 1839: 87.
Goniopteryx ; Burmeister, 1878: 75 (key), 104.
Goniopteryx ; Wallengren, 1853: 132, 145, 146.
Gonoptera ; Hemming, 1967: 201.
Gonopteryx ; Dunning & Pickard, 1859: 2.
Gonopteryx ; Boisduval & Le Conte, 1833: 70, note.
Gonopteryx ; Boisduval & Le Conte, 1830: 70, note.
Gonrptera ; Billberg, 1820: 76.
Protogonepteryx Nekrutenko, 1968: 114, 117.
Rhodocera Boisduval & Le Conte, 1830: 70.
Rhodovera ; Gistel, 1857: 605.

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