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

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Genus:
Ypsipetes Stephens, 1829 . Nom. Br. Ins. : 44.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Junior Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:
GEOMETROIDEA : GEOMETRIDAE : LARENTIINAE

Type-species:
Geometra elutata Hübner, 1799. Samml. eur. Schmett. 5: pl.43, fig.224.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Guenée , 1857. In: Boisduval & Guenée, Hist. nat. Ins. (Spec. gén. Lépid.), 10: 378. [(but designated as elutata Albin, an incorrect authorship)]

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

Notes:
Fletcher (1979) stated:-

A junior objective synonym of Hydriomena Hübner, [1825]. Invalid designation of type-species: Geometra elutata Hübner, [1799], was designated by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Insectes. (Spec. gén. Lépid.) 1: 147.

In the Introduction to the volume, pages 1-154, Boisduval reviewed earlier classifications of Lepidoptera and designated as many as four different type-species for each genera name. In his `Exposé de notre méthode', pages 155-690, no type-species designation was made for any of the genera that he himself used.

Under Article 69(a)(iii) of the Code, 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-species designation contained in it have not been accepted, either by Hemming or by other authors. The acceptance of Boisduval's type-species designation in this case would make no difference to the generic concept.

See: HYDRIOMENA Hübner, [1825] 1816.

Parsons et al. (1999) included HYPSIPETES Agassiz, 1847; HYPSIPETES Swinhoe, 1831; KARACIDARIA Matsumura, 1925; PHAESYLE Bruand, 1847; RHODOMENA Warren, 1904; and YPSIPETES Stephens, 1829 as junior synonyms of HYDRIOMENA Hübner, 1825.

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Senior name:
Hydriomena Hübner, 1825: 322.


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