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Boloria chariclea rainieri (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
(Arctic Fritillary)

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

Genus Boloria Moore, 1900

Lepid. Ind. 4(48): 243-244. Type-species: Papilio pales [Schiffermüller], 1775, Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 177, no. 8, by original designation. The genus-level synonymy adopted herein is derived from Grey (1989), J. Lepid. Soc. 43(1): 2, Aubert et al. (1996), C. R. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 3) Sci. Vie 319(7): 647-651, and Simonsen (2005), Syst. Entomol. 30(4): 653-665.


euphrosyne group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 192.


Boloria chariclea (Schneider, 1794)

Neu. Mag. f. Leibhaber Entomol. 5: 588-589.

Original Combination: Papilio Chariclea

Type Locality: “Lappland” implied from the title of paper.

Types: Location of type(s) not known, probably lost.

The arrangement of North American taxa in this group follows Pike (1981), J. Res. Lepid. 18(3): 156, and J. Shepard (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (59): 727-730. It is probable that this assemblage in North America actually consists of two species, but it is not possible to diagnose these at present.


Boloria chariclea rainieri (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)

Contr. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Am. 2(3): 96-97, pl. 2, figs. 1 ♂ D, 2 ♀ D, 3 ♂ V, 4 ♀ V.

Original Combination: B[renthis]. chariclea rainieri

Type Locality: “Mt. Ranier [sic!], Wash....(6-7000 ft)”; the figure captions added “Paradise Valley” [Mt. Rainier, Pierce County].

Types: Syntypes in USNM and LACM; figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 60, figs. 9 ♂ D, 10 ♀ V.

C. Guppy and Kondla (2002), J. Lepid. Soc. 56(3): 181, suggested that this name be emended to “ranieri” since “Mt. Ranier” was misspelled in the text in the original description. The name as given in the description heading was derived from the correct spelling of the name of the mountain, and needs no emendation (Code Article 32.5.1).



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