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

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Aides Billberg, 1820 . Enum. Ins. Mus. Billb. : 81.    [BHLBHL]

Available Name

Homonyms: 1

Higher classification:

Papilio epitus Stoll, 1781. Uitl. Kapellen 4: 103, pl.343, figs E-F.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Cowan , 1893. Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. : 130.    [BHLBHL]

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

Hemming (1967) stated:-

Under the `One-Letter Difference Rule' (Article 57 (d)), Scudder (1875, Proc. amer. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10 : 106) was in error in rejecting the name Aides Billberg as a junior homonym of Aidos Hübner (the name of a genus of moths), which he misdated 1816. (Actually, the latter name was not published until 1820 (Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (12) : 191); thus, if the names Aides and Aidos had been homonyms of one another, difficulty would have risen in determining the relative priority to be accorded to these names.

Cowan (1970: 41) stated:-

AIDES - the name of the type-species of this Hesperiid genus is invalid as a junior primary homonym of Papilio epitus Cramer, [1780], a name associated with the type-species of the Riodinid genus Orimba. The senior valid name subjectively applicable to the present species appears to be Aides duma Evans, 1955 (Cat. Amer. Hesp. Br. Mus. 4 : 437), which refers to the southern subspecies A, duma duma Evans. For the northern subspecies I here propose the specific name argyrina nom nov. (epitus Stoll, [1781] praeocc.), with Lectotype the specimen illustrated by Stoll (in Cramer), Uitlandsche Kapellen 4 (29) : pl. 343, figs. E, F (coll. W. van der Meulen). The name "argyrina" was originally proposed by Staudinger in litt. for this species, and it has often been cited in synonymy (Godman, 1900; Draudt in Seitz vol. 5 : 950) but it was never raised to availability.

The higher classification used here follows Lamas (2008).

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Junior name(s):
Aedes ; Freeman, 1970: 98.

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