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Plebejus saepiolus maculosus Austin, 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 maculosus Austin, 1998

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (71): 820, figs. 1 third row left ♂ D, 2 third row left ♂ V (holotype), 1 third row, 2nd from left ♂ D, 2 third row, 2nd from left ♂ V, 1 third row, two ♀♀ on right D, 2 third row, two ♀♀ on right V.

Original Combination: Plebejus saepiolus maculosus

Type Locality: “Nevada: White Pine County; Snake Range, Snake Creek (now in Great Basin National Park), 2300 m, T12N R69E S10 on USGS Garrison, Nev.-Utah 15' quadrangle”

Types: Holotype in MGCL.



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