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Poanes h. hobomok (T. Harris, 1862)
(Hobomok Skipper)

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

Genus Poanes Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 76. Type-species: Hesperia massasoit Scudder, 1863, Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 171, no. 65, by original designation. Burns (1992), J. Lepid. Soc. 46(1): 1-23, discussed the probability that this genus is polyphyletic, and created species groups. The first group includes hobomok, zabulon and taxiles, while the second group includes massasoit, viator, aaroni and yehl (massasoit may belong in its own group). Burns also transferred melane to Poanes from Paratrytone, and noted that at least some Poanes species may belong in Ochlodes.

=    Phycanassa Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 77. Type-species: Hesperia viator W. H. Edwards, 1865, Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 4(1): 202-203, pl. 1, fig. 5, by original designation.

      =    ‡Paratrytone Dyar, 1905

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 13(3): 136. Type-species: Pamphila howardi Skinner, 1896, Can. Entomol. 28(7): 187 (= Pamphila aaroni Skinner, 1890, Entomol. News 1(1): 6; subspecies), by original designation. Preoccupied by Paratrytone Godman, 1900, in: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(157): 487.


Poanes hobomok (T. Harris, 1862)


Poanes hobomok hobomok (T. Harris, 1862)

Ins. injur. Veget. (3rd ed.): 313-314, fig. 137 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Hesperia Hobomok

Type Locality: “Massachusetts” implied from the title of the first edition of the book; stated to be “Massachusetts” by Morris (1862), Smithsonian Misc. Coll. [4]: 110, no. 15.

Types: Syntypes (#26348) in MCZ.

                   =    pocahontas (Scudder, 1863)

Proc. Essex Inst. 3: 171-172, no. 67; figured by Scudder (1889), Butts. E. U. S. & Can. 3(12): pl. 10, fig. 9 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Hesperia Pocahontas

Type Locality: “Mass. and Conn.” [Massachusetts and Connecticut]

Types: Syntypes (#15825) in MCZ and CMNH.

                   =    quadaquina (Scudder, 1868)

Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 11: 381, no. 76.

Original Combination: Hesperia Quadaquina

Type Locality: “West Roxbury, Mass....Quincy, Mass....Guilford, Conn....New Haven, Conn.”

Types: Syntype (#15824) in MCZ; a “paratype” figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 53, fig. 44 ♀ D.

                   =    ridingsii F. Chermock & R. Chermock, 1940

Can. Entomol. 72(4): 83.

Original Combination: Poanes hobomok form ridingsii

Type Locality: “Riding Mtns., Manitoba”

Types: Holotype in CNC.

This name is considered available from its original description, since Klots (1951), Field Guide Butts. N. Am.: 250, treated it as a subspecies-level taxon (Code Article

                         =    ‡”alfaratta” W. Holland, 1930

Ann. Carnegie Mus. 19(3): 159; figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 53, fig. 45 ♀ D.

Original Combination: Poanes hobomok var. ♀ alfaratta

Type Locality: “Kansas”

Types: “Holotype” in CMNH.

                         =    ‡”friedlei” F. Watson, 1920

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 28(3-4): 232.

Original Combination: Poanes hobomok f. ♀ pocahontas ab. friedlei

Type Locality: “Van Cortland Park, New York City, N. Y.” [Bronx County, New York]

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH.

                         =    ‡”pallida” F. Watson, 1921

J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 29(3-4): 172-173.

Original Combination: Poanes hobomok ab. pallida

Type Locality: “near Dunwoodie, Westchester County, New York”

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH.



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