Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory

Creating a taxonomic e-science

The cabinet of Oriental entomology

Publication Type:Book
Year of Publication:1847
Authors:J. O. Westwood
Number of Pages:88
Publisher:W. Smith
City:London
Other Numbers:Papyrus 1569
Keywords:ACHERONTIA, AGNOSIA, AMBULYX, AMPLYPTERUS, CATALOGUE, ELIBIA, HAYESIANA, SATASPES, SPHINGIDAE, THERETRA
STI taxonomic comments: 
Gorbunov & Zamesov (2014) wrote, "We cannot agree with the opinion of Fletcher and Nye (1982) and some other lepidopterists (Brechlin 2009a, 2009b; Zolotuhin, Ryabov 2012) that the date of publication of this taxon should be “1847”, which is indicated for the colour plate with the picture of the type species, since this plate does not have any name. The name “Ambulyx” is given in the text, for which the date “1848” is shown on the title-page of the work. Sherborne [sic] (1922) held the same opinion." However, Sherborn (1922: 6276; https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/50810#page/160/mode/1up) (STI 17917) wrote of Ambulyx substrigilis, "substrigilis Sphinx (Ambulyx), J. O. Westwood, Cab. Orient. Entom. 1847, 61." so clearly did not hold "the same opinion" but consider the correct publication date to indeed be 1847. This date is therefore adopted here for the sphingids, all of which are depicted on plates bearing the date 1847. Other plates are, however, dated 1848 and the date for the whole book should be cited as 1847-1848.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith