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Megathymus yuccae coloradensis C. Riley, 1878
(Yucca Giant-Skipper)

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SE WY, W NE, W KS, E CO, E NM, W OK, TX panhandle

Synonymy

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

Genus Megathymus Scudder, 1872

4th Ann. Rep. Peabody Acad. Sci. (1871): 83. Type-species: Eudamus (?) yuccae Boisduval & Le Conte, [1837], Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (23-26): pl. 70, figs. [1]-[5] ♂ [not ♀], larva and pupa, by original designation. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 483 placed this name on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 1222.

 

Megathymus yuccae (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1837])

Hist. Lépid. Amér. sept. (24): pl. 70, [1] ♂ D, [2] ♂ V, [4] larva, [5] pupa [not ♀].

Original Combination: Eudamus (?) Yuccae

Type Locality: Not stated (there is no text), but “Georgia” implied from the notes for the original drawing by John Abbot; defined as “South Carolina to the southern tip of Florida” by H. Freeman (1943), Entomol. News 54(9): 211; redefined as “Scriven [sic!; Screven] County, Georgia” by H. Freeman (1952), Field & Lab. 20(1): 30; neotype from “Aiken County, South Carolina.”

Types: Types are the specimens figured by John Abbot, and are probably lost. Neotype in AMNH, designated by H. Freeman (1952), Field & Lab. 20(1): 30.

I.C.Z.N. Opinion 483 placed this name on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology as name no. 1387.

=    alabamae H. Freeman, 1943

Entomol. News 54(3): 76-77.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae alabamae

Type Locality: “Anniston, Alabama” [Calhoun County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

=    buchholzi H. Freeman, 1952

Field & Lab. 20(1): 31-33.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae buchholzi

Type Locality: “Jupiter, Florida” [Palm Beach County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

 

Megathymus yuccae coloradensis C. Riley, 1877

Trans. Acad. Sci. St. Louis 3(36): 567-568 (name given on 568).

Original Combination: [Megathymus yuccae] var. Coloradensis

Type Locality: “Colorado”; suggested to be “near Colorado Springs, Colorado” by H. Freeman (1969), J. Lepid. Soc. 23 (suppl.1): 13. [El Paso County]

Types: Syntypes in USNM.

                   =    stallingsi H. Freeman, 1943

Entomol. News 54(9): 214-215.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae stallingsi

Type Locality: “Caldwell, Kansas” [Sumner County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

                   =    winkensis H. Freeman, 1965

J. Lepid. Soc. 19(2): 87-88, pl. 1, 3rd row ♂ D&V, lower row ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae winkensis

Type Locality: “Wink, Winkler County, Texas”

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

                   =    elidaensis D. Stallings, Turner & V. Stallings, 1966

J. Lepid. Soc. 20(3): 170-172, pl. 4, top row ♀ D&V (holotype), bottom row ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae elidaensis

Type Locality: “New Mexico, Roosevelt County, southwest of Elida”

Types: Holotype in PMNH.

                         =    ‡”dee” H. Freeman, 1943

Entomol. News 54(9): 216-217.

Original Combination: Megathymus yuccae stallingsi ♀ form dee

Type Locality: “Caldwell, Kansas” [Sumner County]

Types: Holotype in AMNH.

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