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Leptoptera Scudder, 1875 . Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2) : 204.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 2

Higher classification:

Amnosia decora Doubleday, 1849. Gen. diurn. Lep. : pl.51, fig.4. [[text published by Westwood in [July 1850], in Doubleday, Gen. diurn. Lep. (2) : 260].]    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by original designation .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

This name has had an unsatisfactory and confusing history, as the result entirely of Boisduval's habit of putting manuscript names into an irregular circulation and of failing later to provide those names with a definite nomenclatorial status. The history of the present case is as follows. The name Leptoptera first appeared in print in 1842 (Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. II (4) : 298) in a casual reference by Lucas in the paper in which he established the genus Godartia. Lucas provided no diagnosis to the then-unpublished genus Leptoptera, merely stating that its type-species was "decora Boisduval (inedit.)". Both the name Leptoptera and the specific name decora failed to acquire any status in nomenclature in Lucas's paper, since neither was then provided with a description or other indication. The next occasion when either of these names appeared in print was in 1844 (List Spec. lep. Ins. Brit. Mus. 1 : 88), when Doubleday published the specific name decora in the combination Amnosia decora, which he attributed again to Boisduval. So published, this name appeared in a bare list of names and accordingly remained a nomen nudum ; the generic name Amnosia, which here made its first appearance in the literature, was also a nomen nudum, being published without any description or indication and without any duly established nominal species. It was not until 1849 that the nominal species Amnosia decora was validly established, it being figured by Doubleday in the Gen. diurn. Lep. in that year. The name Leptoptera did not appear in the literature after 1842 until it was published by Scudder in 1875 with Amnosia decora Doubleday as type-species. Scudder erroneously accepted Lucas as having validly published this manuscript name of Boisduval's ; as he was the first author to accept this name as validly published, he must himself be treated as its author as of 1875. This is of no practical importance, for, as he pointed out, the designation of Amnosia decora Doubleday as type-species makes Leptoptera a junior objective synonym of Amnosia Doubleday, [1849].

Cowan (1970: 50) stated:-

"delete - (sine descr.)", [type-species page - end].

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Amnosia Doubleday, 1849: pl.51, fig. 4.

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