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Brahmaea Walker, 1855 . List Spec. lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. (5) : 1200 [key]. [Nomenclaturally available but without included species until Walker, 1855 [December 8], ibidem 6: 1315]    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Brahmaea conchifera Butler, 1880. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5), 5: 188.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Kirby , 1892. Syn. Cat. Lepid. Het. 1: 724. [(but included by Walker as Brahmaea certhia Fabricius, a misidentification)]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Type(s) [BANGLADESH]: Sylhet, (? Depository)..

Fletcher & Nye (1982) stated:-

Walker, 1855, ibidem 6: 1316, based his characterization of Brahmaea certhia Fabricius, 1793, on three specimens from [Bangladesh], Sylhet. Butler, 1880, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 5: 188, showed that Walker had misidentified the three Sylhet specimens and named Brahmaea certhia Fabricius sensu Walker, 1855, Brahmaea conchifera. Two of the three specimens are in the BMNH collection; the male labelled `Silhet 45-53 [purphased from Mr Sowerby]: Brahmaea conchifera Butler male [in Butler's handwriting]' is here designated LECTOTYPE. See Frontispiece, fig.8, Brahmaea conchifera Butler, male lectotype. The second specimen, a female labelled `Silhet 43-58 [presented by Mr Edward Doubleday]: Brahmaea conchifera Butler female type [in Butler's handwriting]', has been labelled paralectotype. B. conchifera is a junior subjective synonym of Bombyx wallichii Gray, 1831, Zool. Misc. (1): 39, from Nepal.

Under the Code, Article 70(a), the case of a misidentified type-species should be referred to the Commission. Brahmaea was established in the Saturnidae; it was placed in the Lasiocampidae by Butler, 1881, Illust. typical Specimens Lepid. Heterocera Colln Br. Mus. 5: xi.62; and placed in the Bombycidae by Kirby, 1892, Synonymic Cat. Lepid. Heterocera 1: 723. Swinhoe, 1892, Cat. east. and Aust. Lepid. Heterocera Colln Oxf. Univ. Mus. 1: 253, established a seperate family, Brahmaeidae, for the genus.

See also: Brahmophthalma Mell, 1930, and Brahmaeops Bryk, 1949.

A proposal was made to place Brahmaea, Walker, 1855 on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology, with the confirmation of the type-species Bombyx certhia Fabricius, 1793 by Nassig & Nye, 1991, Case 2737, Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 48 (2) : 138.

BRAHMAEA was included within the family BRAHMAEIDAE by Lemaire & Minet, in Kristensen (1999).

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Junior name(s):
Bramaea ; Hartig, 1963: 5.

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