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

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Diachrysia Hübner, 1821 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 252.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Diachrysia orichalcea Fabricius, sensu Hübner, 1821. Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 252.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Dyar , 1902. In: Boisduval & Guenée, J. N.Y. ent. Soc. 10: 81. [(as `orichalcea Fab.')]    [BHLBHL]

Type specimens:
Syntypes - female (of chryson) ITALY: Central, (? Depository)..

Nye (1975) stated:-

[= Phalaena chryson Esper, 1789, Die Schmett. 4(2) Abschnitt 1, pl. 141, fig. 2 (not fig. 1 as stated in text]; [1798-1804], ibidem: 446].

D. orichalcea Fabricius sensu Hübner has for long been accepted as a misidentification of Noctua orichalcea Fabricius, 1775, Syst. Ent. : 607. Dyar, 1902, stated 'Diachrysia contains eight species in Hübner's work, but they appear congeneric and orichalcea Fab., the second species mentioned, may be regarded as the type.' Hübner, [1821], cited the second species as 'D. orichalcea Fabr. Mant. Noc. 175. Chryson Esp. Noc. 62. 2. Hübn. Noc. 278.' This is a case of a misidentified type-species which under the Code, Article 70 (a) should be referred to the Commission.

Poole (1989) included 10 species in the genus DIACHRYSIA.

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Junior name(s):
Dyachrysia ; Geyer, 1832: 22.
Plusia Hübner, 1806: [2].

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