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Satyrium californica wapiti M. Fisher, 2006
(California Hairstreak)

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

Genus Satyrium Scudder, 1876

Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 3: 106, no. 8. Type-species: Lycaena fuliginosa W. H. Edwards, 1861, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 13(6): 160, 164, no. 10, by original designation. The generic synonymy below generally follows Clench (1979), J. Lepid. Soc. 32(4): 277-281, with the caveat that there is disagreement over the rank of several taxa. The group is in need of revision.


Satyrium californica (W. H. Edwards, 1862)

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 14(5): 221, 223, no. 3.

Original Combination: Thecla Californica

Type Locality: “California”; neotype from “Capell Crk./along 37/Napa Co. Calif.” This was interpreted as “Capell Creek, 9 mi. NNE of Napa, Napa Co., California” by L. Miller and F. Brown (1981), Mem. Lepid. Soc. (2): 101.

Types: Neotype in CMNH, designated by Opler (1970), in: F. Brown, Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 96(1): 41-43, fig. 9 ♂ D&V.

Species-genus gender conformation is californicum.

=    borus (Boisduval, 1869)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 12: 43, no. 15; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 238, fig. 1953 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Thecla Borus

Type Locality: “au pied des montagnes, surtout en tirant vers l'est”; defined as “Hwy. 70 at Chambers Creek, ca. 6 road miles SW of Belden, North Fork Feather River Canyon, 1850' elev., Plumas County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 25.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 25, figs. 177 ♂ D, 178 ♂ V.


Satyrium californica wapiti M. Fisher, 2006

Papilio (n.s.) 12: 46, pl. 6, 5th row left ♂ D, 6th row left ♂ V (holotype), 5th row left center ♀ D, 6th row left center ♀ V.

Original Combination: Satyrium californica wapiti

Type Locality: “Hwy. 133 near Oliver, 6860 ft., Gunnison Co., Colorado”

Types: Holotype in CSUC.



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