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Lycaena dorcas claytoni A. E. Brower, 1940
(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.

In: J. Richardson, Fauna Bor.-Am. [4]: 299, no. 1, pl. 4, fig. 1 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Lycaena Dorcas

Type Locality: “Lat. 54o”; suggested to be “Cumberland-house” by W. Comstock and Huntington (1959), J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 67(3/4): 210; neotype from “The Pas, Manitoba.”

Types: Neotype in CNC, designated by Ferris (1977), Bull. Allyn Mus. (45): 23, fig. 59 ♀ D&V.

anthelle (E. Doubleday, 1847)

List Spec. Lepid. Brit. Mus. 2: 55.

Original Combination: Polyommatus Anthelle

Type Locality: “Martin’s Falls, Albany River, Hudson’s Bay” [Martin Falls, Ontario]

Types: “Syntypes” in BMNH.

W. Barnes and Benjamin (1926), Bull. South. Calif. Acad. Sci. 25(3): 95, noted that one of the “types” was in the USNM. Klots (1936), Bull. Brooklyn Entomol. Soc. 31(4):165, stated that this is a manuscript name for dorcas and a nomen nudum.


Lycaena dorcas claytoni A. E. Brower, 1940

Bull. Brooklyn Entomol. Soc. 35(4): 138.

Original Combination: Lycaena dorcas claytoni

Type Locality: “Springfield, Maine” [Penobscot County]

Types: Holotype in USNM.



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