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

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Lita Treitschke, 1833 , in Ochsenheimer. Schmett. Eur. 9(2) : 76.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Homonym

Homonyms: 3

Higher classification:
GELECHIOIDEA : GELECHIIDAE : Subfamily unassigned

Lita zebrella Treitschke, 1833. In: Ochsenheimer, Schmett. Eur. 9(2): 82.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Duponchel , 1838. Hist. nat. Lépid. Papillons Fr. 11: 19.    [BHLBHL]

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

Nye & Fletcher (1991) stated:-

A junior homonym of Lita Kollar, 1832, Beitr. Landeskde Oesterr. Enns 2: 95, - Lepid., Gelechiidae. There is no objective replacement name. Lita was made nomenclaturally available by Kollar prior to its proposal and generic description by Treitschke.

The citation by Duponchel is acceptable as a type-species designation as it is contained in the continuation of a layout in which Duponchel stated in the same work, 7 (2): 102, that the species so cited were the type of genera.

Unavailable designation of type-species: Phalaena vittella Linnaeus, 1758, was designated by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Linnaeus, 1758, was designated by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid.): 138. In the Introduction to the volume, pages 1-154, Boisduval reviewed earlier classifications of Lepidoptera and designated as many as three different type-species for each generic name. In his "Exposé de notre Méthode", pages 155-690, no type-species designation was made for any of the genera he hinself used. Under the Code (Edn 3), Article 69(a)(iv), the type-species designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type".. and if it is clear that the author accepts it as the type-species". Boisdival's type designation, although clearly stated, do not fufill the last requirement and so are unavailable. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work was well known to lepidopterists, the type-designation contained in a have not been accepted by Hemming or by other authors.

Prolita is the objective replacement name for the preoccuppied name Lita Treitschke, 1833, nec Kollar, 1832 by Leraut 1993, Alexanor 18 (3) : 182.

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Senior name:
Prolita Leraut, 1993: 182.

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