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Lycaena editha obscuramaculata Austin, 1989
(Edith's 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 editha (Mead, 1878)

Oliver & Shapiro (2007), Molecular Ecology 16(20): 4308–4320, establish that Lycaena editha and L. xanthoides are distinct species.

Can. Entomol. 10(10): 198-199.

Original Combination: Chrysophanus Editha

Type Locality: “the borders of Lake Tahoe, near Carnelian Bay” [Placer County, California]

Types: Syntypes in FMNH; figured by W. Holland (1898), Butt. Book: pl. 28, figs. 26 ♂ D, 27 ♀ D.

=    ‡”vanduzeei” Gunder, 1927

Entomol. News 38(5): 133, no. 1, pl. 2, fig. 1 ♀ D (“holotype”).

Original Combination: Lycaena editha vanduzeei ♀ nov. tr. form

Type Locality: “Deer Park, Placer County, California”

Types: “Holotype” in CAS.


Lycaena editha obscuramaculata Austin, 1989

J. Res. Lepid. 27(3/4): 266.

Original Combination: Lycaena editha obscuramaculata

Proposed to replace Lycaena editha nevadensis Austin, 1984, preoccupied, with the same data (Code Article 60.3).

=    ‡nevadensis Austin, 1984

J. Res. Lepid. 23(1): 83, 85, figs. 1 top left ♂ D (holotype), top right ♀ D, 2 top left ♂ V (holotype), top right ♀ V.

Original Combination: Lycaena editha nevadensis

Type Locality: “Nevada: Elko County; Jarbidge Mountains, Jarbidge Canyon between Pine Creek and Gorge Gulch, 6600', T46N, R9E, S33...about 4 km south of the town of Jarbidge on the floor of a narrow, steep-sided canyon”

Types: Holotype in MGCL.

Preoccupied by Lycaena nevadensis Oberthür, 1896, Étud. Entomol. 20: pl. 4, fig. 54.



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