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Astraptes alector hopfferi (Plötz, 1881)
(Gilbert’s Flasher)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

[= gilberti], S TX (stray), E & W Mexico to NW Brazil and Bolivia


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

Genus Astraptes Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (7): 103. Type-species: Papilio aulestes Cramer, 1780, Uitl. Kapellen 3(24): 161, pl. 283, figs. E, F, G (= Papilio aulestis Cramer, 1780, Uitl. Kapellen 3(24): 173 (index); incorrect original spelling), by designation of Scudder (1875), Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 122, no. 137. Hemming (1934), Gen. Names Holarct. Butts. 1: 158, made a first reviser choice of Astraptes Hübner, [1826] over Telegonus Hübner, [1826]. dos Passos (1959), Lepid. News 12(5-6): 195-198, employed the index spelling of aulestis, thereby avoiding homonymy, but this is subject to a review of Cramer names given a binomial combination in the index. Hemming (1967), Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. Suppl. 9: 63, incorrectly determined that Papilio narcosius Stoll, 1790, Aanhangs. Werk Uitl. Kapellen Pieter Cramer (3): 171, pl. 39, fig. 8; 184 (index), was the oldest available name for Papilio aulestes Cramer, 1780, based on this perceived homonymy. Steinhauser (1987), Bull. Allyn Mus. (111): 1-16, detailed species-group names in this genus.

=    Telegonus Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (7): 104. Type-species: Papilio talus Cramer, 1777, Uitl. Kapellen 2(15): 122, pl. 176, fig. D; (16): 151 (index), by designation of Butler (1870), Entomol. Mon. Mag. 7(75): 56.

=    Euthymele Mabille, 1878

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 21: 24. Type-species: Hesperia mercatus Fabricius, 1793, Entomol. Syst. 3(1): 332, no. 260 (= Papilio fulgerator Walch, 1775, Naturforscher 7: 115, pl. 1, figs. 2a, 2b; synonym), by designation of Lindsey (1925), Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 18(1): 86.

‡”Creteus” Westwood, 1852

In: Gen. diurn. Lepid. (2)(54): 511. This name was introduced by Westwood in the synonymy of Goniloba, which he described as new. Since this name was unintentional (Westwood meant to use Carystus), it is a nomen nudum; see Hemming (1967), Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. Suppl. 9: 129.


Astraptes alector (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1867)

Reise Novara Zool. (3): 508, no. 883, pl. 71, figs. 2 ♂ D, 3 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Eudamus Alector

Type Locality: “Nova Granada: Bogotá” [Colombia]

Types: Holotype in BMNH.

            a.   Astraptes alector hopfferi (Plötz, 1881)

Stettiner Entomol. Ztg. 43(1-3): 90, no. 35; cited unpublished pl. 88.

Original Combination: [Eudamus] Hopfferi Alector ? var

Type Locality: “Süd-Amerika”

Types: Type may be in ZSMC.

                   =    uridon (Dyar, 1912)

Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus. 42(1885): 43.

Original Combination: Thracides uridon

Type Locality: “Guerrero, Mexico”

Types: Holotype (#14221) in USNM.

                   =    gilberti H. Freeman, 1969

J. Lepid. Soc. 23(suppl. 2): 8-9, pl. 3, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♂ V (holotype); 3 ♀ D, 4 ♀ V, pl. 4, fig. 1 ♂ genitalia.

Original Combination: Astraptes gilberti

Type Locality: “Seven miles south of Valles, (Grounds of Hotel Covadonga) San Luis Potosi, Mexico”

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

A. Warren (2000), in: Llorente et al., Biodiver. Taxon. Biogeogr. Artrópod. Méx. 2: 549, proposed this synonymy.



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