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Opsiphanes Doubleday 1849

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Brassolini


A neotropical genus of medium-sized brassolines. Specimens are attracted to rotting fruit, and may also be encountered perching on tree trunks.


There has been some historical confusion about the synonymy of generic names associated with this genus and Caligo. Gerardo Lamas (in litt.) has clarified the situation as follows:

"Hemming [1967] was not aware that there was an earlier designation of a type-species for Pavonia Godart. Lucas (1847, in D'Orbigny, Dict. univ. Hist. nat. 9: 515) validly designated Papilio cassiae Linnaeus, 1758 as its type-species. Anthomantes Gistel, 1848 is a replacement name for Pavonia Godart, 1824, which is a junior homonym; thus, Anthomantes also has as type-species Papilio cassiae Linnaeus, 1758. Note that Anthomantes Gistel, 1848 is available and a senior subjective synonym of Opsiphanes Doubleday, 1849, but as it has not been used as valid after 1899, then it should be treated as a nomen oblitum, and Opsiphanes as a nomen protectum."

Other Names for Opsiphanes Doubleday 1849


Casagrande, MM. 2004. Brassolini. In Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

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Scientific Name Opsiphanes tamarindi
Reference Godman, F. and O. Salvin. 1879-1901. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera.
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Scientific Name Opsiphanes bogotanus
Location Ecuador
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Kim Garwood
Life Cycle Stage adults
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Source Bogota Owl (Opsiphanes bogotanus)
Source Collection Neotropical Butterflies
Copyright © 2004 Kim Garwood
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