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Quasimellana eulogius (Plötz, 1882)
(Common Mellana)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

S TX, E & W Mexico to Venezuela, Guianas, Trinidad, Brazil


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

Genus Quasimellana Burns, 1994

J. Lepid. Soc. 48(4): 299-302. Type-species: Atrytone mexicana E. Bell, 1942, An. Esc. Nac. Cienc. Biol. Méx. 2(4): 461-462, no. 11, fig. 5, by original designation.


eulogius group Burns, 1994

J. Lepid. Soc. 48(4): 302-303.


Quasimellana eulogius (Plötz, 1882)

Stettiner Entomol. Ztg. 44(1-3): 64, no. 393; cited unpublished pl. 608.

Original Combination: [Hesperia] Eulogius

Type Locality: “Mexico”

Types: Type(s) in ZMHB.

Godman (1907), Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7)20(116): 144, determined this synonymy through an examination of the unpublished drawing made by Plötz.

            =    mellona (Godman, 1900)

In: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(157): 493, no. 6; 3: pl. 94, figs. 17 ♂ D, 18 ♂ V, 19 ♂ genitalia.

Original Combination: Atrytone mellona

Type Locality: “Mexico, Presidio de Mazatlan...Soledad, Tierra Colorada, Dos Arroyos, Rio Papagaio, and Acaguizotla [sic!; Acahuizotla], all in Guerrero...Atoyac...Orizaba...Valladolid in Yucatan...Guatemala, Pacific coast, Polochic and Chisoy Valleys...San Gerónimo...Panama, Chiriqui...Guiana”; defined as “Mexico” by Evans (1955), Cat. Am. Hesp. Brit. Mus. (4): 356.

Types: Syntypes (one labeled as “holotype”) in BMNH.

            =    heberia (Dyar, 1914)

Insecutor Inscit. menstr. 2(1): 5.

Original Combination: Atrytone heberia

Type Locality: “Non Pareil Plantation, British Guiana” [Georgetown, Guyana]

Types: Lectotype (#18116) in USNM, designated by Burns (1994), J. Lepid. Soc. 48(4): 304.

            =    oaxaca (H. Freeman, 1979)

Bull. Allyn Mus. (52): 10-11, figs. 20 ♂ D, 21 ♂ V (holotype), 29 ♂ genitalia.

Original Combination: Mellana oaxaca

Type Locality: “Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico”

Types: Holotype in MGCL.



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