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

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Genus:
Automolis Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 170.    [BHLBHL]

Status:
Available Name

Homonyms: 2

Higher classification:
NOCTUOIDEA : ARCTIIDAE : SYNTOMINAE

Type-species:
Sphinx meteus Stoll, 1781. In: Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4: 109, pl.347, fig.B.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Kirby , 1892. Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 220.    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) [SOUTH AFRICA]: [Cape of Good Hope] Kaap de Goede Hoop, (? Depository)..

Notes:
Watson, Fletcher & Nye (1980) stated:-

S. metaus is dated from the wrapper of the part and not from the title-page of the volume, 1782.

Incorrect type-species: Glaucopis Sphingidea Perty, 1834, a name not originally included in Automalis and not linked with one of the originally included names when designated by Walker, 1856, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 7:1634.

Automolis was established in the `Phalaenae'; it was placed in the `Zygaenidae' by Walker, 1856, ibidem 7:1634 was placed in the Arctiidae by Kirby, 1892, ibidem 1:220; and its type-species was placed in the Thyretidae by Kiriakoff, 1956, Lambillionea 56: 26.

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