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Proteides mercurius sanantonio (Lucas, 1857)
(Mercurial Skipper)

Pinned Specimens photo collection:


Live Adults photo collection:

Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Cuba, [one-time stray to Florida]


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

  Genus Proteides Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (7): 105. Type-species: Papilio mercurius Fabricius, 1787, Mantissa Ins. 2: 86, no. 780, by designation of Butler (1870), Entomol. Mon. Mag. 7(76): 93.

=    Dicranaspis Mabille, 1878

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 21: 24. Type-species: Papilio idas Cramer, 1779, Uitl. Kapellen 3(22): 118, pl. 260, figs. A, B; (24): 175 (index) (= Papilio mercurius Fabricius, 1787, Mant. Ins. 2: 86, no. 780; homonym), by monotypy.


Proteides mercurius (Fabricius, 1787)

Mantissa Ins. 2: 86, no. 780.

Original Combination: P[apilio]. P[lebejus]. U[rbicola]. Mercurius

Type Locality: “Cajennae” [French Guiana]

Types: Syntype in ZMUC.

=    ‡idas (Cramer, 1779)

Uitl. Kapellen 3(22): 118, pl. 260, figs. A ♂ D, B ♂ V; (24): 175 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Pleb[ejus]. Urbicol[a]. Idas

Type Locality: “Surinamen” “Suriname”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

Preoccupied by Papilio idas Linnaeus, 1761, Fauna Svecica, ed. 2: 284, as established by I.C.Z.N. Opinion 269.


Proteides mercurius sanantonio (Lucas, 1857) (emended)

In: Sagra, Hist. Cuba 7(2): 626-627.

Original Combination: Eudamus San-Antonio

Type Locality: “dans l’île de Cuba” “Le nom de San-Antonio appelle celui du cap nord-est de l’île de Cuba”

Types: Location of type(s) not known.



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