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

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Astycus Hübner, 1822 . Syst.-alphab. Verz. eur. Schmett. : 1, 3, 5, 6, 8-10.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio tages Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 485.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Hemming , 1933. Entomologist 66(844): 200.

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Hübner placed in this genus all the European species of the family Hesperiidae known to him.

Scudder (1875, Proc. amer. Acad. Arts Sci, Boston 10 : 122) erroneously supposed that the name Astycus was not published until 1825 (Cat. Lép. Coll. Franck : 85) and on this basis selected Papilio augias Linnaeus, 1763 (Amoen. acad. 6 : 410) as type-species. This type-selection is invalid, as Papilio augias was not one of the originally included species when Hübner established this nominal genus in 1822.

The name Astycus Hübner is invalid, as it is a junior objective synonym of Erynnis Schrank, 1802, of which also Papilio tages is the type-species.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Erynnis Schrank, 1801: 152, 157.

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