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Plebejus acmon (Westwood, [1851])
(Acmon Blue)

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Baja California

Synonymy

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

Genus Plebejus Kluk, 1780

Zwierz. Hist. Nat. Pocz. Gospod. 4: 89-92, no. 148. Type-species: Papilio argus Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 1: 483, no. 152, by designation of Hemming (1933), Entomol. 66(845): 224. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 278 placed Plebejus on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 705. This name has been spelled various ways; the spelling given in the Official List is the proper spelling by rule (Code Article 79.4.1). Bálint et al. (2001), Folia Entomol. Hung. 62: 177-184, discussed this issue.

 

Plebejus acmon (Westwood, [1851])

In: Gen. diurn. Lepid. 2: pl. 76, fig. 2 ♂ D; (53): 494, no. 139 (1852).

Original Combination: Lycaena Acmon

Type Locality: “California”; suggested to be “San Francisco, San Francisco County, California” by Opler (2003), Tax. Rep. Int. Lepid. Surv. 4(1): 3.

Types: Lectotype (#235605) in BMNH, designated by Opler (2003), Tax. Rep. Int. Lepid. Surv. 4(1): 2, figs.1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V, as “holotype.”

Opler (2003), Tax. Rep. Int. Lepid. Surv. 4(1): 1-6, determined that P. acmon is monotypic. Taxa formerly treated as subspecies of P. acmon are tentatively associated with P. lupini.

            =    antaegon (Boisduval, 1852)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (2)10(2): 295, no. 30; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 236, fig. 1936 ♂ D&V, 1937 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Lycaena antaegon

Type Locality: “Californie” implied from the title of the paper; defined as “environs de San-Francisco” by Boisduval (1868), Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 12: 16, no. 31; further defined as “San Francisco, San Francisco County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 13.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 13, figs. 54 ♂ D, 55 ♂ V.

            =    cottlei (F. Grinnell, 1916)

J. Entomol. & Zool. 8(2): 83, pl., upper left ♀ D, upper right ♂ D, center left ♀ V, center right ♂ V, bottom left ♀ V, bottom right ♂ V.

Original Combination: Rusticus acmon cottlei

Type Locality: “Baker's Beach, north of the Cliff House, within the city and county of San Francisco” [California]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

                   =    ‡”labecula” F. Watson & W. Comstock, 1920

Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 42(10): 457.

Original Combination: Plebejus acmon ab. labecula

Type Locality: “San Francisco district, California” [San Francisco County]

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH.

                   =    ‡”kelseyi” W. S. Wright, 1930

Trans. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. 6(3): 29-30, no. 111.

Original Combination: Plebeius acmon ab. kelseyi

Type Locality: “San Diego County, California” implied from the title of the paper. [San Diego County]

Types: “Holotype” in SDMC.

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