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Lycaena mariposa penroseae W. D. Field, 1938
(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 penroseae W. D. Field, 1938

Pan-Pac. Entomol. 14(3): 142-143.

Original Combination: Lycaena mariposa penroseae

Type Locality: “Lake Eleanor, Yellowstone National Park, elevation 8500 ft.” [Wyoming]

Types: Holotype in MGCL.



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