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Plebejus samuelis (Nabokov, 1944)
(Karner Blue)

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(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 samuelis (Nabokov, 1944)

Psyche 50(3/4): 97-99.

Original Combination: Lycaeides melissa samuelis

Type Locality: Not stated; “Albany, N. Y...Center, New York” implied from the type series. The holotype is labeled “Orig. Pl. 6, Butt. N. Engl. Cab. S. H. Scudder, 306/ Mus. Comp. Zool. Slide No. 338," and the genitalia from this slide were figured by Nabokov (1945), Psyche 51(3/4): 109, fig. 1, labeled “Albany, New York.” Scudder visited Center to sample his “namesake” only once, and the holotype is a specimen reared from this visit (R. Dirig pers. comm. 2006). Thus, Klots’ (1951), Field Guide Butts. N. Am.: 166, determination of “Center (formerly Karner), New York” is accurate. [Albany County]

Types: Holotype (#26704) in MCZ; figured by Scudder (1889), Butts. E. U. S. & Can. 3(4): pl. 34, fig. 29 ♂ genitalia; (7): pl. 6, fig. 6 ♂ D&V.

Lane & Weller (1994), Univ. Minn. Agric. Exp. Stat. Misc. Publ. 84-1994: 5-21, offered strong support for the specific status of this taxon, others (e.g. Packer et al., (1998), Can. J. Zool. 76(2): 320-329 and Lucas et al. (2008), Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 101(1):172-180) have also supported this status.



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