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Lycaena mariposa charlottensis (W. Holland, 1930)
(Mariposa 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 mariposa (Reakirt, 1866)

Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 6(1): 149-150, note.

Original Combination: Polyommatus Mariposa

Type Locality: “California”

Types: Syntypes in FMNH, ANSP, and (#16012) in MCZ; figured by Strecker (1874), Lepid. Rhop. Het. (10): pl. 10, figs. 25 ♂ D&V, 26 ♀ D.

=    zeroe (Boisduval, 1869)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 12: 45, no. 20; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 238, figs. 1957 ♂ D&V, 1958 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Polyommatus zeroe

Type Locality: “les hautes montagnes des frontières de l'Utah”; suggested to be “eastern flanks of the Californian or Nevadan mountains somewhere west of the general region of Reno and Carson City, Nevada” by F. Brown (1967), J. Lepid. Soc. 21(4): 273; defined as “Gold Lake, Sierra County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 26.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 26, figs. 186 ♂ D, 187 ♂ V.


Lycaena mariposa charlottensis (W. Holland, 1930)

Ann. Carnegie Mus. 20(1): 6-7; figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): fig. 47 ♂ D (holotype), 48 ♂ V, 49 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Chrysophanus charlottensis

Type Locality: “Queen Charlotte Island” [British Columbia]

Types: Holotype in CMNH.



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