Species

Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758)

    brassicae Linnaeus, 1758

Original Description

Papilio (Danaus) brassicae Linnaeus, 1758

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT (♂)
Additional information: "LSL: 1♂ labelled "58 Brassicae" [by Linnaeus], "Brassicae 759." [by Smith], here designated as LECTOTYPE. MLU: 1♂ labelled "Brassicae 1" [by Aurivillius] on a black-edged label, [drawer labelled] "Brassicae 1 Mus. Gust. Adolph." [by Thunberg], "Pieris" "?brassicae" [added in pencil], [by Aurivillius] on a red-edged label, "Uppsala Univ. Zool. Mus., Linnésamlingen nr. 2061, Papilio brassicae"; 1♂, pinned upside-down, labelled "Brassicae 2" [by Aurivillius] on a black-edged label, [drawer labelled] "Brassicae 2 Mus. Gust. Adolph." [by Thunberg], "Pieris" "?brassicae" [added in pencil], [by Aurivillius] on a red-edged label, "Uppsala Univ. Zool. Mus., Linnésamlingen nr. 2060, Papilio brassicae"." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 305).
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

Type locality as cited in original description: "Brassica "
Current country: Sweden

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Danaus) brassicae Linnaeus, 1758
Treated as a species of Pieris Schrank, 1801 by Lukhtanov & Lukhtanov (1994: 58), Hesselbarth et al. (1995: 392), De Prins & Iversen (1996: 204), Lukhtanov (1996: 211), Tuzov et al. (1997: 169), and Tshikolovets (2005: 38).

Remarks

Lectotype designated by Honey & Scoble (2001: 305). "Remarks. The sexes were confused by Linnaeus in the original description. The male, which was thought by Linnaeus to be a female, matches the description and has been selected as lectotype. The name was placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology (ICZN, 1954: Opinion 278) as the type species of Pieris." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 305).