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Oeneis melissa assimilis Butler, 1868
(Melissa Arctic)

Pinned Specimens photo collection:

Distribution and Larval Foodplants:
 

Nunavut & NWT

Synonymy

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

Genus Oeneis Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (4): 58. Type-species: Papilio norna Thunberg, 1791, Ins. Suec. (2): 36-37, pl. 2, figs. 11, [11a], by designation of Butler (1868), Entomol. Mon. Mag. 4(45): 196.

 

polixenes group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 226.

 

Oeneis melissa (Fabricius, 1775)

Syst. Entomol.: 513, no. 298.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. N[ymphalis]. P[halerata]. Melissa

Type Locality: “insula Terre nueve Americae”; defined as “Chateau Bay, Labrador coast” by Pelham (2008), J. Res. Lepid. 40: 421, based on Lysaght (1971), J. Banks Newfoundland Labrador: 120-155. Fabricius cited “Mus. Banks.” Banks visited St. John's and Croque on the east side of the northern peninsula, and Chateau Bay, on the Labrador coast. Oeneis melissa is not currently known to occur on Newfoundland Island. Neotype from “[Canada], Labrador, ? Tanke.” [Newfoundland and Labrador]

Types: Type(s) apparently lost; neotype in MGCL, designated by V. Lukhtanov and Eitschberger (2002), Butts. World, Suppl. 4: 4, 1d; figured by V. Lukhtanov and Eitschberger (2000), Butts. World Part. 11: pl. 1, fig. 10 ♂ D, pl. 2, fig. 10 ♂ V.

 

Oeneis melissa assimilis Butler, 1868

Cat. Sat. Brit. Mus.: 163, no. 13, pl. 2, fig. 10 ♀ V (holotype).

Original Combination: Oeneis Assimilis

Type Locality: “Repulse Bay” [Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada]

Types: Holotype (♀ #3824) in BMNH.

                   =    arctica Gibson, 1920

Rept. Can. Arctic Exped. 3(i): 13i, pl. 1, fig. 4 ♂ genitalia, pl. 2, fig. 4 ♂ V, pl. 4, fig. 4 ♂ D (holotype); figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 72, fig. 5 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Oeneis semidea var. arctica

Type Locality: “Bernard Harbour, Northwest Territories” [Nunavut]

Types: Holotype (#835) in CNC.

                   =    simulans Gibson, 1920

Rept. Can. Arctic Exped. 3(i): 14i, pl. 1, fig. 7 ♂ genitalia, pl. 2, fig. 5 ♂ V (holotype); figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 75, fig. 19 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Oeneis simulans

Type Locality: “Bernard Harbour, Northwest Territories” [Nunavut]

Types: Holotype (#854) in CNC.

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