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Plebejus a. anna (W. H. Edwards, 1861)
(Anna's Blue)

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

Genus Plebejus Kluk, 1780

Zwierz. Hist. Nat. Pocz. Gospod. 4: 89-92, no. 148. Type-species: Papilio argus Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 1: 483, no. 152, by designation of Hemming (1933), Entomol. 66(845): 224. I.C.Z.N. Opinion 278 placed Plebejus on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology as name no. 705. This name has been spelled various ways; the spelling given in the Official List is the proper spelling by rule (Code Article 79.4.1). Bálint et al. (2001), Folia Entomol. Hung. 62: 177-184, discussed this issue.


Plebejus anna (W. H. Edwards, 1861)


Plebejus anna anna (W. H. Edwards, 1861)

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 13(6): 160, 163, no. 8.

Original Combination: Lycaena Anna

Type Locality: “California”; defined as “Truckee, Nevada Co., California” by F. Brown (1970), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 96(3): 366-367; neotype from “Sierra Nevada.”

Types: Neotype in CMNH, designated by F. Brown (1970), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 96(3): 367-368, fig. 6 ♂ D&V; figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 66, fig. 21 ♂ D.

                   =    cajona (Reakirt, 1866)

Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philad. 6(1): 147-148, note.

Original Combination: Lycaena Cajona

Type Locality: “California”

Types: Syntype (#7789) in ANSP, other syntypes in FMNH. Nabokov (1949), Bull. Harvard Mus. Comp. Zool. 101(4): 487, stated that a ♂ “cotype” was in the MCZ.

                   =    argyrotoxus (Behr, 1867)

Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. [1]3(18): 281, no. 13.

Original Combination: L[ycaena]. Argyrotoxus

Type Locality: “California” implied from the title of the paper, “the Sierra Nevada” from the description; neotype from “slope 0.6 air miles S. of S. end of Lake Mary, 7200-7500', S. of Donner Pass, SE 1/4 of S. 20 & SW 1/4 of S/ 21, T. 17N, R15E, Nevada County, California.”

Types: Type(s) destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire; neotype in CAS, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (6): 103, figs. 64 ♂ D, 65 ♂ V.

                   =    philemon (Boisduval, 1869)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 12: 47-48, no. 26; figured by Oberthür (1913), Etud. Lépid. comp. 9(1): pl. 238, fig. 1965 ♂ D&V.

Original Combination: Lycaena Philemon

Type Locality: “le centre de la Californie”; defined as “Donner Pass, Nevada County, California” by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 28.

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (2): 28, figs. 198 ♂ D, 199 ♂ V.



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