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Chlosyne leanira elegans (Priestaf & J. Emmel, 1998)
(Leanira Checkerspot)

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Scrophulariaceae: Castilleja mollis Pennell

Synonymy

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

Genus Chlosyne Butler, 1870

Cist. Entomol. 1(3): 38, no. 37. Type-species: Papilio janais Drury, 1782, Ill. Nat. Hist., 3: 22, index, pl. 17, figs. 5, 6, as replacement name. Proposed to replace Synchloe E. Doubleday, 1844, preoccupied (Code Articles 60.3, 67.8). The synonymy for this genus follows Wahlberg and Zimmerman (2000), Cladistics 16(4): 347-363.

      =    ‡Morpheis Geyer, [1833]

In: Hübner, Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: pl [5], figs. 1-4. Type-species: Morpheis ehrenbergii Geyer, [1833], in: Hübner, Samml. exot. Schmett., 3: pl [5], figs. 1-4, by monotypy. Preoccupied by Morpheis Hübner, [1820], Verz. bekannt. Schmett., 13: 196.

      =    ‡Synchloe E. Doubleday, [1845]

List Spec. Lepid. Brit. Mus. 1: 76. Type-species: Papilio janais Drury, 1782, Ill. Nat. Hist. 3: 22, index, pl. 17, figs. 5, 6, by designation of Scudder (1875), Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 141, no. 253. Preoccupied by Synchloe Hübner, 1818, Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1: 26.

      =    ‡Coatlantona W. F. Kirby, 1871

Syn. Cat. diurn. Lepid.: 178. Type-species: Papilio janais Drury, 1782, Ill. Nat. Hist. 3: 22, index, pl. 17, figs. 5, 6, as replacement name. Proposed to replace Synchloe E. Doubleday, 1844, preoccupied (Code Articles 60.3, 67.8). A junior objective synonym of Chlosyne Butler, 1870.

=    Anemeca W. F. Kirby, 1871

Syn. Cat. diurn. Lepid.: 179. Type-species: Morpheis ehrenbergii Geyer, [1833], in: Hübner, Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: pl [5], figs. 1-4, as replacement name. Proposed to replace Morpheis Geyer, [1833], in: Hübner, Samml. exot. Schmett. 3: pl [5], figs. 1-4, preoccupied (Code Articles 60.3, 67.8).

=    Charidryas Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rept. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 47. Type-species: Melitaea nycteis E. Doubleday, 1847, in: Gen. diurn. Lepid. (1)(12): pl. 23, fig. 3; (21): 181, no. 23 (1848), by original designation.

      =    ‡Limnaecia Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rept. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 47. Type-species: Melitaea harrisii Scudder, 1863, Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 167-168, no. 36, by original designation. Preoccupied by Limnaecia Stainton, 1851, Suppl. Cat. Brit. Pteroph.: 4.

=    Thessalia Scudder, 1875

Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 2(4): 238, 265, no. 49. Type-species: Melitaea leanira C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860, Wien. Entomol. Montaschr. 4(4): 106, no. 64, by original designation.

 

Chlosyne leanira (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860)

Wien. Entomol. Montaschr. 4(4): 106, no. 64; figured by C. Felder and R. Felder (1867), Reise Novara Zool. (3): pl. 50, figs. 13 ♂ D, 14 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Melitaea Leanira

Type Locality: “Californien”; suggested to be “vic. San Francisco, California” by L. Miller and F. Brown (1981), Mem. Lepid. Soc. (2): 153; corrected to “Hwy 70 at Chambers Creek, North Fork Feather River Canyon, 1850' elev., Plumas County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (5): 89.

Types: Lectotype in BMNH, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (5): 89, figs. 13 ♂ D, 14 ♂ V.

=    daviesi (Wind, 1947)

Pan-Pac. Entomol. 23(4): 171.

Original Combination: Melitaea leanira daviesi

Type Locality: “Strawberry Lake, Tuolumne County, California, el. 5500 ft.”

Types: Holotype in CAS.

 

Chlosyne leanira elegans (Priestaf & J. Emmel, 1998)

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (26): 327-328, 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V (holotype); 3 ♀ D, 4 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Thessalia leanira elegans

Type Locality: “California: San Luis Obispo County; Oso Flaco Sand Dunes, in the vicinity of Oso Flaco Lake”

Types: Holotype in LACM.

Bibliography

Austin, George T. and Michael J. Smith. 1998. 27. Revision of the Thessalia leanira complex (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Melitaeinae): Thessalia leanira (C. & R. Felder), with descriptions of four new subspecies. Pp. 333-358, 67 figs., in: T. C. Emmel (Ed.), Systematics of western North American Butterflies. Gainesville; Mariposa Press. {[18] Dec 1998} 

Davenport, Kenneth E. 2004a. A concise update of the information provided in The Butterflies of southern California (1973) by Thomas C. Emmel and John F. Emmel. Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey 4(7): 1-23. {10 May 2004}

Priestaf, Richard C. and John F. Emmel. 1998. 26. A new subspecies of Thessalia leanira (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from coastal sand dunes of central California. Pp. 327-332, 6 figs., in: T. C. Emmel (Ed.), Systematics of western North American Butterflies. Gainesville; Mariposa Press. {[18] Dec 1998} [description of Thessalia leanira elegans]

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