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Neurosigma Butler 1868

Neurosigma siva (Westwood 1850)

the Panther

Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Adoliadini


A monotypic genus ranging from Sikkim to northern Thailand. The butterfly has a complex wing pattern of bold black and white spots.


It 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 [1846] 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 (Westwood 1850)


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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