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Lethites Scudder, 1875 . Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2) : 205.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Objective Synonym (fossil)

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Satyrites reynesii Scudder, 1872. Rev. Mag. Zool. (2), 23: 71, pl.7, figs A-B.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
(through Article 67.8 (replacement names)) .

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name was published as new by Scudder twice in the year 1875. The following is the reference to the other papex Mon. [sic, Mem., see below] Amer. Ass. Ads. Sci. 1 : 34. This name is often cited as having been first published in the Memoires but in fact it first appeared in the Boston Proceedings. This is shown by the fact that, in the Proceedings Scudder, when discussing Satyrites, remarked that "in a memoir on fossil butterflies now in the press" he had replaced that name by the name Lethites. Later (1882, Nomencl. zool. Suppl. List : 186) Scudder himself expressly treated this name as having been first published in the Boston Proceedings.

The name Lethites was introduced as a replacement name for Satyrites Scudder, 1872, in the erroneous belief that that name was invalid by reason of the use of the word "Satyrites" by Boisduval & Brullè in 1840 as a family-group name. Satyrites Scudder, 1872, being a nomenclatorially available name, its replacement Lethites Scudder, 1875, is invalid as a junior objective synonym.

[See Chlorippe Doubleday, 1844 for notes on publication dates of Scudders works].

Cowan (1968: 13) stated:-

LETHITES, line 3; "Mon." should read; Mem.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Satyrites Scudder, 1872: 66.

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