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Lonia d'Almeida, 1946 . Agronomia, R. de J. 4(3) : 4.

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Olina azeca Doubleday, 1848. Gen. diurn. Lep. : pl.31, fig.3. [[text by Westwood published in [1851], in Doubleday, ibid. (2) : 408.]]    [BHLBHL]

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

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Lonia was introduced by Ferreira d'Almeida as a replacement for the name Vita Kirby on the ground that that name was invalid under the Law of Homonymy as a junior homonym of the name Villa Lioy, 1864 (Atti 1st. Veneto (3) 9 : 732). At that date these names did rank as homonyms of one another under the provisions of the Commission's Opinion 147 (1943, Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 2 : 123-132) which laid it down that in the case of generic names certain specified minor differences in spelling, including the use of a single or double consonant (as in the case of the letter "1" in the names Vita and Villa) were to be disregarded for the purpose of determining whether the names were homonyms of one another. Experience soon showed that the number of names of this type was considerably greater than had previously been supposed and that the application of the provisions of the above Opinion would cause an unnecessary disturbance in nomenclatorial practice. It was accordingly decided by the Copenhagen Congress of 1953 to replace that Opinion by a [provision now embodied in the Code as Article 56 (a) under which a difference in spelling of a single letter was to be accepted as sufficient to prevent any two generic names from being treated as homonyms of one another. Under this revised provision the names Vita and Villa ceased to be homonyms of one another, and in consequence the name Vita Kirby became an available name and the replacement name Lonia Ferreira d'Almeida became invalid as a junior objective synonym of Vila Kirby.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Vila Kirby, 1871: 217.

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