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The name of this genus may have been taken from the girl’s name. Though it has been suggested the name may be a variant of “Phanessa”, from an Ancient Greek word for a mystic divinity, this is unlikely. The name of the divinity is actually not “Phanessa” but Phanes. Johan Christian Fabricius, the entomologist who named this genus, normally used the original forms of the names of Classical divinities when he created new scientific names.
El nombre de este género puede haber sido tomado del de una chica. Pese a que se ha sugerido que derivaría de una variante de “Phanessa”; una palabra del griego antiguo para una divinidad mística, esto resulta ser poco probable. Éste no sería en realidad “Phanessa” sino Phanes. Johan Christian Fabricius, el entomólogo autor de tal clasificación, normalmente empleaba nombres originales de divinidades clásicas cuando creaba nuevos nombres científicos.

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