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

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Didonis Hübner, 1819 . Verz. bekannt. Schmett. : 17.    [BHLBHL]

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Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio vitellia Stoll, 1781. In: Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4: 116, pl.349, figs E-F.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Scudder , 1875. Proc. amer. acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 156.    [BHLBHL]

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

The name Didonis Hübner was formerly widely used as though its type-species was the Nymphalid species Papilio biblis Fabricius, 1807, but this usage was incorrect, Scudder, the first author to select a type-species, having (as shown above) selected the Satyrid (Elymniine) Papilio vitellia Stoll. Fortunately, no ill-result was involved in the correction of this misusage : (i) because the name Didonis Hübner could not in any circumstances have been validly used for Papilio biblis Fabricius, 1775, since that species is the type-species of the older established nominal genus Biblis Fabricius, 1807; (ii) because the fact that the true type-species of Didonis Hübner is an Elymniine Satyrid gives rise to no confusion, since according to modern taxonomic ideas Papilio vitellia Stoll, the type-species of Didonis Hübner is congeneric with Elymnias jynx Hübner (better known as undularis Drury), the type-species of the older-established nominal genus Elymnias Hübner, 1818. Thus, Didonis Hübner is a junior subjective synonym of Elymnias Hübner.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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