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Boloria selene myrina (Cramer, 1777)
(Silver-bordered 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.


selene group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 195.


Boloria selene ([Schiffermüller], 1775)

Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 321, no. 11.

Original Combination: P[apilio] Selene

Type Locality: “Wienergegend” from the title of the work. [Vienna, Austria]

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    marphisa (Herbst, 1800)

In: Jablonsky, Natursyst. Ins., Schmett. 10: 105-107, no. 42, pl. 270, figs. 8 ♂ D, 9 ♂ V.

Original Combination: Papilio Marphisa

Type Locality: Not stated.

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    rinaldus (Herbst, 1800)

In: Jablonsky, Natursyst. Ins., Schmett. 10: pl. 272 , figs. 2, 4 [pl. 271, figs. 1-4].

Original Combination: Papilio Rinaldus

Type Locality: “Botnia occidentali” [western Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden]

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

            =    selenia (Freyer, 1847)

Neuer Beitr. Schmett. Abbild. Natur. 6(83): 21-22, pl. 493, fig. 2 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Argynnis Selenia

Type Locality: “Lechstluß”

Types: Holotype probably lost.

This was considered an “Abart von Selene” in text, so may be unavailable.

            =    hela Staudinger, 1861

In: Wocke & Staudinger, Stettiner Entomol. Ztg. 22(10-12): 347, under no. 11.

Original Combination: [Argynnis Selene] [var.] Hela

Type Locality: “schwedischen Lapland” [Swedish Lappland]

Types: Type(s) possibly in ZMHB.

            =    obscurum Sedykh, 1977

Geogr. Aspect. Conserv. Flora Faun. NE Europ. USSR: 101.

Original Combination: Boloria selene subsp. nova obscurum

Type Locality: “Polar Ural Station, on the crest of the Polar Urals; in a meadow amidst mountain dry and marshy tundra” [Komi Republic, Russia]

Types: Syntypes possibly in ZIN,


Boloria selene myrina (Cramer, 1777)

Uitl. Kapellen 2(16): 141, 150, pl. 189, figs. B ♂ D, C ♂ V; (16): 150 (index).

Original Combination: Pap[ilio]. Nymphj[alis]. Phal[erata]. Myrina

Type Locality: “Noord-Amerika by Nieuwjork” “l’Amerique Septentrionale, à la Nouvelle York”; suggested to be “from southeastern New York” by Kohler (1977), J. Lepid. Soc. 31(4): 240.

Types: Type(s) probably lost.

                         =    ‡myrissa (Godart, [1824])

In: Ency. méth. 9(Ins.)(2): (253), 268, 806.

Original Combination: Argynnis Myrissa

Proposed to replace Papilio myrina Cramer, 1777, erroneously thought preoccupied; a junior objective synonym of myrina.

                   =    marilandica (A. Clark, 1941)

J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 31(9): 384.

Original Combination: Brenthis selene marilandica

Type Locality: “the boggy pasture on the south side of the road from the Beltsville, M., railway station to the Department of Agriculture experiment farm” [Prince George's County, Maryland]

Types: Holotype (#55470) in USNM; figured by A. Clark (1932), Bull. U. S. Nat. Mus. (157): pl. 3. figs. 5 ♂ D, 6 ♂ V, and A. Clark and L. Clark (1951), Smithsonian Misc. Coll. 116(7): frtspc., figs. 1 ♀ V, 2 ♂ D (holotype); pl. 9, figs. B ♂ D, C ♂ V.

                         =    ‡”nubes” (Scudder, 1889)

Butts. E. U. S. & Can. 1(5): 595-596.

Original Combination: B[renthis]. m[yrina]. [ab.] nubes

Type Locality: “Sanborton, N. H.” [Belknap County, New Hampshire]

Types: “Holotype” (#29298) in MCZ.

The text clearly indicates that this taxon was described as an individual variant.

                         =    ‡”nivea” (Gunder, 1928)

Can. Entomol. 60(7): 163, pl. A, fig. 4 ♂ D (holotype).

Original Combination: Brenthis myrina tr. f. nivea

Type Locality: “Staten Island, N. Y.” [New York]

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH.

‡”gunderana” W. Forbes, 1960

Mem. Cornell Univ. Agric. exp. Sta. 371 (part 4): 150, under no. 1.

Original Combination: [Brenthis selene] ab. gunderana

Forbes (1960), attributed this name to Dyar, who never described the taxon; a nomen nudum.



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