[Taxacom] taxonomic question concerning naming of unique species known only from painting of lost type

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Fri Mar 2 07:05:58 CST 2018

On 2 March 2018 at 04:47, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would be interested in opinions regarding what to do about the genus name
> of a ghost moth for which the type has been lost and for which the original
> genus name is preoccupied. The only record of its existence is a painting
> made by the collector.

The painting may be viewed on Wikipedia:


> The moth was originally named as Porina mairi.

The original description is here:


   Buller, W. L. (1872).
   "Notice of a New Species of Moth in New Zealand".
   Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 5: 279–280.

[Apologies to John, to whom I originally replied directly]

Andy Mabbett

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