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Plebejus saepiolus aureolus J. Emmel, T. Emmel & Mattoon, 1998
(Greenish 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 saepiolus (Boisduval, 1852)

Annls. Soc. Entomol. Fr (2)10(2): 296, no. 32; figured by Oberthür (1913), Étud. Lépid. Comp. 9(1): pl. 237, figs. 1941 ♂ D&V, 942 ♀ D&V.

Original Combination: Lycaena saepiolus

Type Locality: “les montagnes”; California implied from the title of the paper; lectotype from “Bear Valley, near Olema, Marin County, California.”

Types: Lectotype in USNM, designated by J. Emmel et al. (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts: 14, figs. 60 ♂ D, 61 ♂ V.


Plebejus saepiolus aureolus J. Emmel, T. Emmel & Mattoon, 1998

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (14): 176-177, figs. 21 ♂ D, 22 ♂ V (holotype); 23 ♀ D, 24 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Plebejus saepiolus aureolus

Type Locality: “California: Los Angeles County; wet meadow 0.1 air mile WSW of Big Pines Ranger Station, Big Pines, San Gabriel Mountains”

Types: Holotype in LACM.



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