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Genus Pseudosphinx

Tetrio Sphinx - Pseudosphinx tetrio Pseudosphinx tetrio - male Tetrio Sphinx caterpillar found on Plumeria - Pseudosphinx tetrio huge fleshy caterpillar - Pseudosphinx tetrio large moth - Pseudosphinx tetrio Large sphinx - Pseudosphinx tetrio Unidentified Caterpillar - Pseudosphinx tetrio Pseudosphinx tetrio
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Dilophonotini
Genus Pseudosphinx
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1855 by Hermann Burmeister, who accidentally used the spelling "Pseudophinx". This is one of the few situations where the original spelling can be changed, so it was later corrected to "Pseudosphinx"
Explanation of Names
from the prefix pseudo- ("false-, imitation- ") + Sphinx. Members of this genus look like they should be in the genus Sphinx, but they aren't.
Internet References
Abhandlungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Halle, v.3, p.65    Burmeister's original description of the genus.