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

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Simyra Ochsenheimer, 1816 . Schmett. Eur. 4 : 81.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Noctua nervosa Schiffermüller, 1775. Ankündung syst. Werkes. Schmett. Wienergegend : 85.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Westwood , 1840. Synopsis Genera Br. Insects : 97.

Type specimens:
Type(s) [AUSTRIA]: Vienna district, (? Depository).. (Collection destroyed, Horn & Kahle, 1936, Ent. Beih. Berl.-Dahlem 3: 243)

Nye (1975) stated:-

Invalid type-species designation by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Insectes (Lépid.) 1: 135, who also cited nervosa. Boisduval in his lengthy 154 page Introduction, reviewed earlier classifications and designated up to three different type-species for each generic name. In his 'Exposé de notre méthodé from pages 155-690, no type-species designations were made for the genera he himself used. Under the Code, Article 6g (a) (iii), the type-designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type'. . .and if it is clear that he himself accepts it as the type-species.' Boisduval's type-designations although clearly stated, do not fulfil the last requirement and so are invalid. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work was well known to lepidopterists, the type-designations contained in it have not in the past been accepted by Hemming for Rhopalocera, or by other authors.

Poole (1989) included CNEPHATA Billberg, 1820; ASEMA Sodoffsky, 1837; ARSILONCHE Lederer, 1857; ABLEPHARON Grote, 1873; and OMMATOSTOLIDEA Benjamin, 1933 as junior synonyms of SIMYRA Ochsenheimer, 1816.

Poole (1989) included 15 species in the genus SIMYRA.

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Junior name(s):
Asema Sodoffsky, 1837: 87.
Cnephata Billberg, 1820: 85.
Nimyra ; Guenée, 1841: 237.
Siymra ; Warren, 1912: 39.
Symira ; Hübner, 1821: 240.

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