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Agapetes Billberg, 1820 . Enum. Ins. Mus. Billb. : 78.    [BHLBHL]

Suppressed Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio galathea Linnaeus, 1758. Systema Naturae (Edn 10), 1: 474.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 104.    [BHLBHL]

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Although it was a senior objective synonym of Melanargia Meigen, 1828, the name Agapetes Billberg was almost completely ignored, the name Melanargia Meigen being firmly entrenched in general usage. Accordingly, in order to avoid the confusion and name-changing which would have resulted from the application of the Law of Priority in this case, that is, if the virtually unknown name Agapetes Billberg had been substituted for the well-known name Melanargia Meigen, the Commission gave a Ruling in its Opinion 400 published in 1956 (Opin. int. Comm. zool. Nom. 12 : 419-432), suppressing the name Agapetes Billberg under its Plenary Powers for the purposes of the Law of Priority but not for those of the Law of Homonymy, at the same time placing that name on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Generic Names in Zoology as Name No. 417. By this action a secure nomenclatorial status was assured to the name Melanargia Meigen.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Senior name:
Melanargia Meigen, 1828: 97.

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