Mestracana(Erichson, 1849) Taxonomic Serial No.: 778282
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Mestra dorcas hersilia
- junior synonym
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Checklist of North American Butterflies, 2nd Edition, website (version 2)
Produced by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Names Committee, and available online (with corrections) at http://www.naba.org/pubs/checklst.html (web page may not be identical to the printed edition)
Pelham, Jonathan P.
A catalogue of the butterflies of the United States and Canada with a complete bibliography of the descriptive and systematic literature
Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.:
Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, vol. 40
xiv + 658
As noted in the Introduction, Pelham intentionally diverges from the Code's provisions on gender agreement (Articles 31 & 34), following original orthography instead
The Checklist of North American Butterflies, 2nd Edition (2001) lists this as a "Neotropical species dubiously reported to have occurred naturally in the United States"
Concerning North American records, Pelham (2008:435) notes of Mestra cana (Erichson, ), "The name Cystineura floridana Strecker, 1900, was given to a series of specimens purported to have come from the "Everglades of Florida," but there has been confusion regarding their supposed origin (Mengel 1903: 159-160). It seems likely that the types are mislabeled specimens. The name cana has been listed in association with floridana (e.g. L. Miller and F. Brown 1981: 182). Subsequently these records have been considered to belong to Mestra dorcas hersilia (Fabricius, 1776), which is a senior synonym of cana. See Kimball (1965: 9) and Masters (1970: 207). Lamas et al., (2004: 235) treated cana and floridana as synonyms of dorcas hersilia (Fabricius, 1776)"
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