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Boloria polaris stellata Masters, 1972
(Polaris Fritillary)

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(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Boloria Moore, 1900

Lepid. Ind. 4(48): 243-244. Type-species: Papilio pales [Schiffermüller], 1775, Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 177, no. 8, by original designation. The genus-level synonymy adopted herein is derived from Grey (1989), J. Lepid. Soc. 43(1): 2, Aubert et al. (1996), C. R. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 3) Sci. Vie 319(7): 647-651, and Simonsen (2005), Syst. Entomol. 30(4): 653-665.


selene group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 195.


Boloria polaris (Boisduval, [1828])

Europ. Lepid. Ind. Meth: 15-16; figured by Boisduval [1833], Icon. Hist. Lépid. Europ. 1(10): pl. 20, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V, and (1836), Spec. gén. Lépid. 1: pl. 11, fig. 1 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Argynnis Polaris

Type Locality: “Cap Nord”; stated to be “cap Nord, c’est-à-dire l’extrémité de la Laponie norwégienne” by Duponchel [1832], in: Godart, Hist. Nat. Lepid. 1(Diurnes), Suppl. 1(6): 125-126, no. 44. [Finmark, Norway]

Types: Location of type(s) not known, possibly in BMNH or MNHP.

=    gronlandica ([Skinner], 1892)

Entomol. News 3(3): 49, nos. 9-10, pl. 2, figs. 9 ♀ D, 10 ♀ V (holotype).

Original Combination: Argynnis chariclea var. gronlandica

Type Locality: “Greenland” implied from plate caption; suggested to be "West Coast...McCormick Bay, Herbert Island and Disco...West Coast of Greenland“ by Skinner and Mengel (1892), Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 44(5): 157.

Types: Syntype (#7781) in ANSP.

Masters (1972), Entomol. Rec. & J. Var. 84(7/8): 178, treated this as a subspecies-level taxon.

=    homeyeri Pagenstecher, 1902

Fauna Arctica 2(2): 236; cited Wocke, 1874, in: Die Zweite Deutsche Nordpolarfahrt 2: 408.

Original Combination: Argynnis polaris var. homeyeri

Type Locality: “Gronland”

Types: Location of type(s) not known.

=    americana (Strand, 1905)

Rept. 2nd Norweg. Arctic Exped. “Fram” 1898-1902 1(3): 10-11, no. 3.

Original Combination: Argynnis polaris var. americana

Type Locality: “Havnen, Rice Strait (Ellesmere Ld.)...Havnefjorden (Jones Sd.)...Gaasefjorden (Ellesmere Ld.)...die Westseite von Gaasefjorden”

Types: Type(s) probably in ZMHB.

=    kurenzovi Wyatt, 1961

Z. wien. entomol. Ges. 46[72](7/8): 98-99, pl. 5, figs. 1 ♀ D, 2 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Boloria alberta kurenzovi

Type Locality: “Berge von Tschukotka, N. O. Sibirien, Geröll-zone” [Magadan Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia]

Types: Holotype in LNKD.

=    digna (Churkin, 2001)

Helios 2: 97-98, pl. 8, figs. 4 ♂ D (holotype), 5 ♂ V, 6 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Clossiana polaris digna

Type Locality: “Russia, Wrangel Is., Neizvestnaya R. (middle stream)” [Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia]

Types: Holotype in DSM.


Boloria polaris stellata Masters, 1972

Entomol. Rec. & J. Var. 84(7/8): 177-178, pl. 11, fig. A ♂ D, B ♂ V (holotype), G ♀ D, H ♀ V.

Original Combination: Boloria Polaris Stellata

Type Locality: “Churchill, Manitoba”

Types: Holotype in AMNH.



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