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Oreas Oken, 1815 . Lehrb. Naturgesch. (Zool.) 3(Zool.) (1) : 740.

Rejected Name

Homonyms: 4

Higher classification:

Papilio proserpina Schiffermüller, 1775. Ankündung syst. Werkes. Schmett. Wienergegend : 155, 169, pl.1a, fig.9, pl.1b, figs 9a-b.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 233.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
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Hemming (1967) stated:-

For many years the acceptability for nomenclatorial purposes of Oken's Lehrbuch was the subject of argument and doubt. This matter was set at rest by the Commission in 1956 (Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 14 : 1-42) in its Opinion 417, in which it ruled that in his Lehrbuch Oken did not apply the principles of binominal nomenclature and accordingly rejected this work for nomenclatorial purposes, at the same time placing its title on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Works in Zoological Nomenclature as Title No. 33. The name Oreas Oken, 1815, accordingly possesses no status in zoological Nomenclature. Even if this had not been so, the name Oreas Oken would have been invalid as a junior homonym of Oreas Hübner, [1807].

As has been explained in the note on the name Oreas Hübner, [1806] (of the Tentamen), the name of the type-species of this genus (Papilio proserpina [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) is a subjective synonym of the name Papilio circe Fabricius, 1775, a name which under Opinion 516 ranks as the older of these two names.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Brintesia Fruhstorfer, 1911: 307.

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