Neotype - female MAURITIUS: ? Locality, (BMNH, London).. This neotype designation fulfilled the requirements of the Code, Article 75 (c). A second neotype (also in BMNH), has been designated by Berio, 1971, Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Giacomo Doria 78: 28
Nye (1975) stated:-
A second neotype (also in BMNH), has been designated by Berio, 1971, Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat Giacomo Doria 78: 281, for an externally similar but different species. Under the Code, Article 75 (d) the second neotype has no validity.
Polydesma and its type-species were also published in 1833 in Faune ent. Madagascar, Bourbon et Maurice Lépid.: 108, pl. 13, fig. 5.
See also: Trichopolydesma Berio, 1954.
Poole (1989) included POLYDESMA in the subfamily OPHIDERINAE, treated as CALPINAE by Kitching & Rawlins, in Kristensen (1999).
Poole (1989) included ANTHEMOISIA Blanchard, 1840; ANTHEMOESSA Agassiz, 1847; ANODAPHA Moore, 1885; and TRICHOPOLYDESMA Berio, 1954 as junior synonyms of POLYDESMA Boisduval, 1833.
Poole (1989) included 12 species in the genus POLYDESMA.
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