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

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Phibalapteryx Stephens, 1829 . Nom. Br. Ins. : 44.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 3

Higher classification:

Geometra lineolata Schiffermüller, 1775. Ankündung syst. Werkes. Schmett. Wienergegend : 102.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Curtis , 1836. British entomology 13: 623. [(as lineolata Hübner, an incorrect authorship)]

Type specimens:
Syntype(s) [AUSTRIA]: Vienna region, (? Depository)..

Nye (1975) stated:-

Phibalapteryx has been used as the original generic name for species which are now in the Noctuidae.

Fletcher (1979, Generic Names of Moths of the World) stated:-

G. lineolata [Denis & Schiffermuller], 1775, is a junior subjective synonym of Phalaena virgata Hufnagel, 1767, Berl. Mag. 4: 608. Invalid type-species designation: Geometra tersata [Denis & Schiffermuller], 1775, was designated by Boisduval, 1836 [April, 11], Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lèpid.) 1: 147.

In the Introduction to the volume, pages 1-154, Boisduval reviewed earlier classifications of Lepidoptera and designated as many as four different type-species for each generic name. In his `Expose de notre méthode', pages 155-690, no type-species designation was made for any of the genera that he himself used. Under Article 69(a)(iii) of the Code, the type-designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type `... and it is clear that he himself accepts it as the type-species'. Boisduval's type-designations, although clearly stated, do not fulfil the last requirements and so are invalid. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work was well known to lepidopterists, the type-species designations contained in it have not been accepted, either by Hemming or by other authors.

The acceptance of Boisduval's type-species designation in this case would result in Phibalapteryx being removed from current use as the generic name for Phalaena virgata Hufnagel, 1767, and being placed as a junior objective synonym of Horisme Hübner, [1825].

Boisduval listed the generic name as * Phibulapteryx, an incorrect subsequent spelling.

Phibalapteryx was again proposed by Stephens, 1829 [July], Syst. Cat. Br. Insects (2): 138; and 1831, Illust. Br. Ent. (Haustellata) 3: 255.

Parsons et al. (1999) included only 1 species in the genus PHIBALAPTERYX.

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Junior name(s):
Mesogramma Stephens, 1850: 164.
Phibalapteryx Stephens, 1829: 138.
Phibalapteryx Stephens, 1831: 255.
Phibalopteryx ; Agassiz, 1847: 284.
Phibulapteryx ; Boisduval, 1836: 147.

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