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Mestra cana  (Erichson, 1849)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 778282

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s):    
  Valid Name: Mestra dorcas hersilia (Fabricius, 1776)
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - junior synonym   
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  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

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  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Checklist of North American Butterflies, 2nd Edition, website (version 2)  
  Acquired: 2009   
  Notes: Produced by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Names Committee, and available online (with corrections) at (web page may not be identical to the printed edition)   
  Reference for: Mestra cana   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Pelham, Jonathan P.   
  Publication Date: 2008   
  Article/Chapter Title: 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   
  Page(s): xiv + 658   
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  ISBN/ISSN: 0022-4324   
  Notes: As noted in the Introduction, Pelham intentionally diverges from the Code's provisions on gender agreement (Articles 31 & 34), following original orthography instead   
  Reference for: Mestra cana   

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  Comment: 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, [1849]), "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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