The identity of alfred wallace’s mysterious butterfly taxon lycaena nisa solved: Famegana nisa comb. nov., a senior synonym of f. alsulus (lepidoptera, lycaenidae, polyommatinae)

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Abstract

Lycaena nisa Wallace, 1866 was described from Formosa (Taiwan) and is here recognized as a senior subjective synonym of Lycaena alsulus Herrich-Schäffer, 1869. It is resurrected to serve as the valid name, Famegana nisa (Wallace, 1866), comb nov. of the species commonly known as Famegana alsulus. The name Zizera taiwana Sonan, 1938 (syn. nov.), also described from Formosa, is recognized as a junior subjective synonym of L. nisa. Another name, Zizeeria alsulus eggletoni Corbet, 1941 (syn. nov.), described from Hong Kong is also considered a junior subjective synonym of L. nisa. Moreover, all former synonyms of alsulus automatically become new junior synonyms for nisa. This species occurs in the Oriental and Australian regions and western Pacific.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalZooKeys
Volume2020
Issue number966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Famegana alsulus
  • Formosa
  • Lectotype designation
  • Lycaena alsulus
  • New synonymy
  • Taiwan
  • Zizera taiwana

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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