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Artines Godman, 1901 , in Godman & Salvin. Biol. centr.-amer. (Insecta. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera) 2 : 608.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Hesperia aquilina Plötz, 1882. Stett. ent. Ztg 43: 33.

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Int. Commn zool. Nom. , 1967. Bull. zool. Nom. 24: 224-225 (Opinion 826).    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Types [BRAZIL (RJ)]: ? Locality, (? Depository).. See images in Buttterflies of America.

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Godman designated Thracides aepitus Geyer, [1832] (in Hübner, Zutr. z. Samml. exot. Schmett. 4 : 18, pl. [114], figs 659, 660) as the type-species of this genus. It is quite clear however from the descriptions and figures that he gave that the species to which he applied that name) was in reality Hesperia aquilina Plötz, 1883. First, he gave two figures of what he called Thracides aepitus ; these were fig. 47 (venation of forewing) and fig. 48 (male - genitalia) on plate 103. Both of these figures present aquilina Plötz and not aepitus Geyer. Second, he described under the name Artines atizies a new nominal species, for which he gave two figures on plate 103, namely fig. 49 (male - underside) and fig. 50 (male - genitalia). Both these figures represent the true aepitus Geyer. What happened therefore was that Godman was in possession of specimens both of aepitus and of aquilina but that he made the mistake of applying the name aepitus to aquilina and, thinking that the species to which the name aepitus properly applies was an undescribed species, gave to it the new specific name atizies. The genus Artines Godman was thus based upon a misidentified type-species. Accordingly, the Commission is being asked to designate under Article 70(a) the nominal species Hesperia aquilina Plötz, 1883, to be the type-species of Artines Godman. In accordance with the provisions of Article 80 that species is here treated as the type-species of this genus, pending the publication of the Commission's decision on the application submitted.

Cowan (1968, Annot. Rhop: .) made the following comment for this and other genera

Opinions published in September and December 1967 in Bull. zool. Nomencl. 24, parts (4) and (5) CONFIRMED the forecasts given in the List [Hemming, 1967] for the following genera;

Adopaeoides Godman; Op. 825
Arisbe Hübner; Op. 823
Artines Godman; Op. 826
Gegenes Hübner; Op. 827
Halpe Moore; Op. 828
Iaspis Kaye; Op. 821
Napaea Hübner; Op. 820
Papias Godman; Op. 829
Phanes Godman; Op. 830
Phrissura Butler; Op. 824
Telicota Moore; Op. 831
Ypthima Hübner; Op. 819
Zenis Godman; Op. 832

Hesperia aquillna Plotz, 1883 was designated as the type-species for Artines Goodman, [1901], using the plenary powers of the Commission. Hesperia aquillna was placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology and Artines on the List of Generic Names in Zoology, (Opinion 826), The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 24 (4) : 224.

See also electronic Biologia centrali americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera volume 2

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

Learn more about Hesperiidae in Wikipedia.

See images at Butterflies of America where it is treated in the Hesperiinae : Moncini.

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Junior name(s):
Itines ; Weeks, 1911: xv.

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