Species

Delias pasithoe (Linnaeus, 1758)

    pasithoe Linnaeus, 1767

Original Description

Papilio (Heliconius) pasithoe Linnaeus, 1767

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT (♀)
Additional information: "LSL: LECTOTYPE ♀ labelled "Pasithoe 755., Fab. 4. 179., Porsenna Cram., t. 352 AB." [by Smith]. Corbet (1949: 197) listed the type as being in the Linnaean collection [LSL] from Canton, China [Osbeck]. Although there is a specimen of pasithoe in the LSL, this species was not cited as having been collected or purchased by Osbeck (1765). The specimen in question was illustrated by Corbet & Pendlebury (1956: pl. 29, fig. 1) as the type both of aglaja and pasithoe, and we accept this as a lectotype designation. For further discussion see Hemming (1942: 155, 1967: 287) and Cowan (1967a: 188)." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 360)
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

Type locality as cited in original description: "Asia"

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Heliconius) pasithoe Linnaeus, 1767
Treated as a species of Delias Hübner, [1819] by Eliot (1978: 423). Treated [as "pasithoe Linnaeus, 1758"] as a species of Delias Hübner, 1819 by Yata (1985: 328). Treated as a species of Delias Hübner by Yagishita et al. (1993 [1]: 229). Treated as a species of Delias by Treadaway (1995: 21).

Remarks

The name pasithoe Linnaeus (1767) was placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by the ICZN (1971: 151). Lectotype designated by Corbet & Pendlebury (1956, pl. 29, fig. 1), for interpretation see Honey & Scoble (2001: 360). "Remarks. Linnaeus originally described this species under the name aglaja (1758: 465), but later, in the same work (p. 481), he used the name aglaja for a Swedish species of Nymphalidae (Hemming, 1967: 187). In 1767, Linnaeus erected the name pasithoe but without reference back to the 1758 description of aglaja. Clerck illustrated this species in his "unpublished" Suppl. pl. 6, fig. 3 (see Corbet, 1949: 194), as pasitea, an incorrect spelling, but cited the Linnaean number published in 1758 for aglaja. The species name pasithoe was not mentioned by Linnaeus in the MLU work nor by Thunberg (1804) or Wallin [1994]. This might suggest that at least some of Clerck's supplementary plates are of specimens in Linnaeus's own collection, but there is a specimen of this species, identified and labelled as porsenna by Thunberg, in the last drawer of Lepidoptera in the MLU collection. Corbet (1949: 197) listed the type as being in the Linnaean collection [LSL] from Canton, China [Osbeck]. Although there is a specimen of pasithoe in the LSL, this species was not cited as having been collected or purchased by Osbeck (1765). The specimen in question was illustrated by Corbet & Pendlebury (1956: pl. 29, fig. 1) as the type both of aglaja and pasithoe, and we accept this as a lectotype designation. For further discussion see Hemming (1942: 155, 1967: 287) and Cowan (1967a: 188). The distribution of the nominate subspecies given by Yata in Tsukama (1981: 320: 328, 329) is India, Burma, and the Andaman Islands, but not South China. The name pasithoe Linnaeus (1767) was placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by the ICZN (1971: 151)." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 363).