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Acherontia atropos  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1156449

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Sphinx atropos Linnaeus, 1758
  Common Name(s): death's head hawkmoth [English]
    African death's head hawkmoth [English]
    sphinx à tête de mort [French]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
             PhylumArthropoda  – Artrópode, arthropodes, arthropods  
                SubphylumHexapoda  – hexapods  
                   ClassInsecta  – insects, hexapoda, inseto, insectes  
                      SubclassPterygota  – insects ailés, winged insects  
                         InfraclassNeoptera  – modern, wing-folding insects  
                               OrderLepidoptera  – butterflies, moths, papillons, papillons de nuit, Borboleta, Mariposa  
                                     FamilySphingidae Latreille, 1802 – hawk moths, hornworms, sphinx moths  
                                        SubfamilySphinginae Latreille, 1802  
                                           TribeAcherontiini Boisduval, 1875  
                                              GenusAcherontia Laspeyres, 1809 – death's head hawkmoths  
                                                 SpeciesAcherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758) – death's head hawkmoth, African death's head hawkmoth, sphinx à tête de mort  

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Kitching, Ian J.  
  Publication Date: 2003   
  Article/Chapter Title: Phylogeny of the death's head hawkmoths, Acherontia [Laspeyres], and related genera (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: Sphinginae: Acherontiini)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Systematic Entomology, vol. 28, no. 1   
  Page(s): 71-88   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1365-3113   
  Notes: doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3113.2003.00199.x   
  Reference for: Acherontia atropos, death's head hawkmoth [English], sphinx à tête de mort [French]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Rothschild, Walter, and Karl Jordan  
  Publication Date: 1903   
  Article/Chapter Title: A revision of the lepidopterous family Sphingidae   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Novitiates Zoologicae, vol. 9, Supplement part 2   
  Page(s): 815-972   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Acherontia atropos   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  
    Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)  






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