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Enicostoma Stephens, 1829 . Syst. Cat. Br. Insects (Insecta Haustellata) : 199.    [BHLBHL]

Junior Homonym & Objective Synonym

Homonyms: 4

Higher classification:

Phalaena geoffrella Linnaeus, 1767. Systema Naturae (Edn 12), 1: 896.    [BHLBHL]

Type-species designation:
by subsequent designation by Duponchel , 1838. Hist. nat. Lépid. Papillons Fr. 11: 23.    [BHLBHL]

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

Nye & Fletcher (1991) stated:-

The citation by Duponchel is acceptable as a type-species designation as it is contained in the continuation of a layout in which Duponchel stated, in the same work 7 (2): 102, that the species so cited were the types of genera.

Unavailable designation of type-species: P. geoffrella was designated (as geoffroyella) by Boisduval, 1836, Hist. nat. Insectes (Spec. gén. Lépid.) 1: 149. In the Introduction to the volume, pages 1-154, Boisduval reviewed earlier classifications of Lepidoptera and designated as many as three different type-species for each generic name. In his "Exposé de notre Méthode", pages 155-690, no type-species designation was made for any of the genera he himself used.

Under the Code (Edn 3), Article 69(a)(iv), the type-species designation of an author is eligible for consideration if he states that it is the type".. and if it is clear that the author accepts it as the type-species". Boisdival's type designation, although clearly stated, do not fufill the last requirement and so are unavailable. Even though Boisduval's 1836 work was well known to lepidopterists, the type-designation contained in a have not been accepted by Hemming or by other authors.

Invalid designations of type-species: Pyralis tunbergiana Fabricius, 1781, was designated (as thunbergana) by Westwood, 1840, Introd. mod. Classif. Insects 2 (Synopsis Genera Br. Insects): 110, and Tinea lobella [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775, was designated by Fletcher, 1929, Mem. Dep. Agric. India (Ent.) 11: 77. Each has been accepted as the type-species by some authors.

Enicostoma was again proposed by Stephens, 1829 [July], Syst. Cat. Br. Insects (2): 199, and by Stephens, 1834, Illust. Br. Ent. (Haustellata) 4: 226.

Enicostoma is a junior objective synonym of Alabonia Hübner, [1825].

See also: * Enicostoma Duponchel, 1838; Henicostoma Agassiz, 1847.

ENICOSTOMINAE Heslop, 1938, based on ENICOSTOMA Stephens, 1829, is treated a s a junior synonym of DEPRESSARIINAE Meyrick, 1883 by Hodges, in Kristensen (1999).

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Senior name:
Alabonia Hübner, 1825: 418.

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