Papilio (Menelaides) polytes Linnaeus, 1758

    pammon Linnaeus, 1758

Original Description

Papilio (Eques) pammon Linnaeus, 1758

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT (♂)
Additional information: "LSL: 1♂ missing right antenna labelled "8 Pammon" [by Linnaeus], "Pammon 746" [by Smith] on a very black rusty pin, here designated as LECTOTYPE. MLU: 1 ex. labelled "Pammon" [by Aurivillius on a black-edged label], [drawer labelled] "Pammon [alpha], Mus. Gust. Adolph." [by Thunberg], "Papilio Polites ♂, sec. Auriv." [on a red-edged label, by Aurivillius], "Uppsala Univ. Zool. Mus., Linnésamlingen nr. 1876, Papilio pammon". Clerck Collection: 1♂ labelled "Pammon 8"." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 357-358).
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

Type locality as cited in original description: "Asia"
Current country: China

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Eques) pammon Linnaeus, 1758
Treated as a species of Papilio by Boisduval (1836: 272), and by Gray (1853: 19). Treated as a synonym of Papilio polytes Linn., 1764 by Kirby (1871: 544).


Lectotype designated by Honey & Scoble (2001: 358). "Remarks. In 1764 Linnaeus cited the type locality as "Indiis" instead of "Asia". The type locality is almost certainly Canton since the species was listed by Osbeck (1765) (see also Corbet, 1949: 197). The specimen selected as lectotype is a male of the sexually dimorphic species polytes Linnaeus. See polytes." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 358).