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Lycaena dorcas castro (Reakirt, 1866)
(Dorcas Copper)

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

Genus Lycaena [Fabricius], 1807

In: Illiger Mag. f. Insektenk. 6: 285, no. 32. Type-species: Papilio phlaeas Linnaeus, 1761, Fauna Svecica (ed. 2): 285, no. 1078, by designation of J. Curtis (1824), Brit. Entomol. 1(3): pl. 12, [1]. American species in this genus were reviewed by Pratt and D. Wright (2003), Pan-Pac. Entomol. 78(4): 219-229.


Lycaena dorcas W. Kirby, 1837

There is no consensus on relationships between taxa placed under L. dorcas and L. helloides (e.g. Ferris (1977), Bull. Allyn Mus. (45): 1-42, Scott (1979), J. Res. Lepid. 17(1): 40-50, (2006), Papilio (n.s.) 12: 44-45, and (2008), Papilio (n.s.): 43-55. Further study is required before a stable nomenclature can be attained.


Lycaena dorcas castro (Reakirt, 1866)

Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 6(1): 148-149.

Original Combination: Polyommatus Castro

Type Locality: “Rocky Mountains, Colorado Territory”

Types: Lectotype in FMNH, designated by Ferris (1977), Bull. Allyn Mus. (45): 25, fig. 68 ♂ D&V.

                   =    sangremar J. Scott, 2008

Papilio (n.s.) 18: 47, pl. 2, fourth row right % D, fifth row right % V (holotype).

Original Combination: Lycaena florus [castro] sangremar

Type Locality: “NE Taos Ski Basin, 10400', Sangre de Cristo Mts., Taos Co. New Mex.”

Types: Holotype in BMNH.

                         =    ‡”williamsi” Gunder, 1927

Can. Entomol. 59(12): 285, no. 14, pl. A, fig. 14 ♂ D, 14b ♂ D (“holotype”), 14d ♀ D.

Original Combination: Lycaena (Dione) helloides tr f. williamsi

Type Locality: “Hall's [sic!] Valley, Park Co., Colo.” [Hall Valley, Colorado]

Types: “Holotype” (#7178) in CMNH.



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