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Rhodocera Boisduval & Le Conte, 1830 . Hist. gén. icon. Lépid. Chenilles Amér. sept. 1(8) : 70.

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio rhamni Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 470.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Blanchard , 1840. In: Castelnau, Hist. nat. Ins. (Spec. gén. Lépid.), 3: 470.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Rhodocera Boisduval & Leconte is invalid, as it is a junior objective synonym of Gonepteryx [Leach], [1815].

Through a mistaken belief that Butler in 1870 (Cistula ent. 1 : 35) was the first author to select a type-species for this genus, the nominal species Mancipium menippe Hübner, [1818], has been treated by some authors as the type-species. Since the clearing-up of this misconception the above species has been made the type-species of a new genus, Klotsius Hemming, 1964.

Cowan (1970: 16) stated:-

"Papers are now in press (J. Soc. Biblphy. nat. Hist.) on the two well-known European works, the Icones hist. Lep. by Boisduval and the Collection des Chenilles by Boisduval, Rambur, D. M., and Graslin. Although the collations were approximately known, the exact details have been worked out. All citations by Hemming are correctly dated.

However, the other serial work, Boisduval & Le Conte, 1829-37, Hist. gen. Iconogr. Lép. Amér. sept., was ill-documented. A study has been made of all the contemporary periodicals and records to establish satisfactory data, and the results appear in J. Soc. Biblphy. nat. Hist. 5 (2) : 125-134.

Corrigenda; "Leconte" should read Le Conte in all cases.

Where a date is given, this also applies. Names in brackets are ones where the citation occurs in the discussion; only four generic names themselves are affected.

AGANISTHOS [1835], (CELTIPHAGA) [1837], AGRAULIS [1835], (EPIDEMIA) [l835], (ASTEROCAMPA) [1835], (EUPSYCHE) [1835], (ATRYTONE) [1837], (HEDONE) [1837], CALLIDRYAS - , (MEGATHYMUS) [1835], (MITOURA) [1835], (NYMPHIDIA) [1835], (RHABDOIDES) -, RHODOCERA -, XANTHIDA [1830].

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Gonepteryx Leach, 1815: 127.

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