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Safidia Hampson, 1913 . Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 13 : 4 [key], 163.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Safidia azteca Schaus, sensu Hampson, 1913. Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 13: 163. [[a misidentification here named Safidia druceria sp. n. [Nye, 1975]]]    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hampson , 1913. Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 13: 163. [(as S. azteca Schaus)]

Type specimens:
Holotype - male & Allotype - female, same data MEXICO: Jalapa (M. Trujillo), (BMNH, London)..

Nye (1975) stated:-

Paratypes. MEXICO: - 1 male, Jalapa (M. Trujillo) (type of S. azteca ab. 1 Hampson, 1913 = type of S. azteca ab. aztecoides Strand, 1917) (BMNH); 1 female, same data (type of S. azteca ab. 2 Hampson, 1913 = type of azteca ab. aztecella Strand, 1917) (BMNH); 1 female, Orizaba, iv. 1896 (W. Schaus) (BMNH); 1 female, Orizaba (Boucard) (BMNH); 1 female, Vera Cruz, Huatuxco (BMNH). COSTA RICA: 1 female, Candelaria Mts (Underwood) (type of S. azteca ab. 3 Hampson, 1913; type of S. azteca ab. aztecana Strand, 1917) (BMNH); 1 female, Cachi 3300 ft. 23.ix-14.x.1912 (C H. Lankester) (BMNH); 1 female, Cachi (BMNH); 1 female, (Underwood) (BMNH); COLOMBIA: 1 female, Bogota (Child) (BMNH).

Available, but without included species until Hampsom, 1913, ibidem 13: ix, 163. Allotype - female, same data (BMNH).

Description of Safidia druceria sp. n., as for Sypna azteca Schaus sensu Druce, 1898, Biologia cent.-am. (Zool.) Lepid. Heterocera 2: 514, pl. 97, figs 2, 3: also as for Safidia azteca Schaus sensu Hampson, 1913, Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 13: 163, fig. 50.

Safidia when proposed by Hampson contained only one nominal species Hydraecia azteca Schaus, 1894, Trans. Am. ent. Soc. 21: 231. I have compared the original description by Schaus; a colour photograph of its type in USNM, Washington; and a species in BMNH determined by Schaus, and found that they are of a species in the Hadeninae which is very different from the species in the Catocalinae described and illustrated by Druce, 1898, and by Hampson, 1913. In his personal interleaved copy, Hampson subsequently crossed out the Schaus reference. H. azteca Schaus, 1894, was proposed as, *`Hadroecia azteca sp. nov.' without any indication that a new genus was being proposed, although in the same work four new genera were clearly indicated and described. * Hadroecia should therefore be treated as an incorrect subsequent spelling.

See Frontispiece, fig. II, Safidia druceria sp. n., holotype - male; fig. 12, Hydraecia azteca Schaus, - female.

Safidia has a misidentified type-species and under the Code, Article 70 (a), this case should be referred to the Commission.

Poole (1989) included only 1 species in the genus SAFIDIA.

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