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Vettius fantasos (Cramer, 1780)
(Fantastic Skipper)

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

Genus Vettius Godman, 1901

In: Godman & Salvin, Biol. centr.-amer., Lepid. Rhop. 2(161): 589. Type-species: Papilio phyllus Cramer, 1777, Uitl. Kapellen 2(15): 122, pl. 176, figs. B, C; (16): 150 (index), by original designation.


204.      Vettius fantasos (Cramer, 1780)

Uitl. Kapellen 4(25): 20, pl. 300, figs. E ♂ D, F ♂ V; (34): 249 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Pleb[ejus]. Urb[icola]. Fantasos

Type Locality: “Surinamen” “Suriname”

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    abebalus (Stoll, 1781)

Uitl. Kapellen 4(31): 145, pl. 365, figs. G ♂ D, H ♂ V; (34): 247 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Pleb[ejus]. Urb[icola]. Abebalus

Type Locality: “Kust van Guiné en aan de Kaap de Goede Hoop” “Côte de Guiné & au Cap de Bonne Espérance”, in error.

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =     eucherus (Plötz, 1882)

Stettiner Entomol. Ztg. 43(10-12): 452, no. 210; cited unpublished pl. 445, and Papilio fantasos (sensu Sepp [1847], Surinaam. Vlinders [2](21): pl. 82).

Original Combination: [Hesperia] Eucherus

Type Locality: “Surinam”

Types: Type(s) in ZSMC.

This name was probably proposed as a replacement for Papilio fantasos (Cramer, 1780), thus a junior objective synonym. Godman (1907), Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7)20(116): 140, determined this synonymy through an examination of the unpublished drawing made by Plötz.



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