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Cupido amyntula maritima (Leblanc, 1985)
(Western Tailed-Blue)

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

Genus Cupido Schrank, 1801

Fauna boic. 2(1): 153, 206. Type-species: Papilio minimus Fuessly, 1775, Verz. bekannt. schweiz. Ins.: 31, no. 599, by designation of I.C.Z.N. Opinion 503. Kudrna (1986), Butts. Europe 8: 194, and others since, considered Everes a subgenus or synonym of Cupido Schrank, 1801.

=    Zizera Moore [1881]

Lepid. Ceylon 1(2): 78. Type-species: Papilio alsus [Schiffermüller], 1775, Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 184, no. 9 (= Papilio minimus Fuessly, 1775, Verz. bekannt. schweiz. Ins.: 31, no. 599; synonym).


Cupido amyntula (Boisduval, 1852)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (2)10(2): 294, no. 28; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 236, fig. 1938 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Lycaena amyntula

Type Locality: “Californie” from the title of the paper; defined as “Bucks Lake Road at White Creek, 2 road miles W. of Quincy, Plumas County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 13.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 13. figs. 48 ♂ D, 49 ♂ V.

=    immaculata Scott, 2006

Papilio (n.s.) 12: 48, pl. 4, 1st row left ♂ D&V (holotype).

Original Combination: Cupido (=Everes) amyntula immaculata

Type Locality: “Oak Creek, Yakima Co. Wash.” [Washington]

Types: Holotype in BMNH.

=    ‡”dodgei” (Gunder, 1927)

Can. Entomol. 59(12): 283, no. 7, pl. A, fig. 7 ♀ V (“holotype”).

Original Combination: Everes amyntula tr. f. dodgei

Type Locality: “Santa Cruz, Calif.” [Santa Cruz County, California]

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH.

‡”immaculata” (Scott, 1981)

Papilio (n.s.) 1: 6.

Original Combination: Everes amyntula form immaculata

Type Locality: “west coast, and occasionally in the Great Basin”

Proposed as a “form” with no nomenclatural standing; a nomen nudum.


Cupido amyntula maritima (Leblanc, 1985)

Fabreries (suppl. 4): 45 and key.

Original Combination: [Everes amyntula] maritima

Type Locality: “Québec (Rimouski, Baspésie)”; lectotype from “Jacquet River/ N. B.” [New Brunswick]

Types: Lectotype (#21 894) in CNC, designated by Landry (1994), Fabreries 19(2): 33-34, figs. 1 ♂ D, 1 ♂ V.

The key in Leblanc (1985), apparently qualifies as a description.



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