LECTOTYPE ♂ South China: [Guangdong] [CMNH]; designated by Jordan, 1931, Novit. zool. 36: 238.
Proposed as a subspecies of Cypa decolor. Raised to species status by Jordan, 1931, Novit. zool. 36: 237. Erroneously treated as a subspecies of Cypa decolor by Bridges, 1993, Cat. Fam. Gen. Spec. Sphingidae of the World: VIII.5. Reinstated as a species by Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, Hawkmoths of the world: 42.