the PantherAndrew V. Z. Brower
IntroductionA monotypic genus ranging from Sikkim to northern Thailand. The butterfly has a complex wing pattern of bold black and white spots.
NomenclatureIt would seem that the specific epithet doubledaii ought to have priority over siva. However, Acontia doubledaii Westwood 1848 became a junior homonym of Adolias doubledaii Gray  when Westwood moved the former into Adolias in 1850. (Adolias is now a subjective junior synonym of Euthalia). Under ICZN Article 59.3, a name in the species category rendered invalid by homonymy prior to 1961 does not regain its validity if it is subsequently moved to a different genus in which it is no longer a junior homonym. Thus, Neurosigma siva (Westwood, 1850) is the correct name for this taxon (Hemming, 1967). It is a much more attractive name for this striking butterfly, anyway.
Other Names for Neurosigma siva
- Neurosigma doubledaii
- Vernacular Names: the Panther
Hemming F. 1967. The generic names of the butterflies and their type-species (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Bull. BM(NH) Ent. Supp. 9: 1-509.
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