Gonepteryx cleopatra (Linnaeus, 1767)

    cleopatra Linnaeus, 1767

Original Description

Papilio (Danaus) cleopatra Linnaeus, 1767

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT (♂, Brander leg.)
Additional information: "the actual specimens, sent to Linnaeus by Erik Brander, the Swedish Consul in Algiers from 1758 to 1765," (Tennent, 1996: iv). "LSL: 1♂, without head, abdomen, or left hindwing, labelled "Cleopatra" [by Linnaeus], 'Cleopatra 765' [by Smith], here designated as LECTOTYPE; 1♂ labelled 'no label' [by Tams]. MLU: 1 ex., without abdomen, labelled 'Cleopatra' [by Aurivillius] on a black-edged label, [drawer labelled] 'Cleopatra Mus. Gust. Adolph.' [by Thunberg], '?' [in pencil] [by Aurivillius] on a red-edged label, 'Uppsala Univ. Zool. Mus., Linnésamlingen nr. 2062, Papilio cleopatra'." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 312).
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

Type locality as cited in original description: "Barbaria"
Current country: Algeria

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Danaus) cleopatra Linnaeus, 1767
Treated as a species of Gonepteryx by Nekrutenko (1966: 45). Treated as a species of Gonepteryx Leach, 1815 by Kudrna (1975: 27), and Winhard (2000: 12). Treated as a species of Gonepteryx Leach, [1815] by Hesselbarth et al. (1995: 349).


Lectotype designated by Honey & Scoble (2001: 312). "Remarks. Verity (1913: 180) referred to 'A [m], which is obviously Linnaean, and bears his label, unmistakenly [sic] belongs to the North African race'. This specimen has been selected as lectotype. The specimen and its labels were figured by Tennent (1996: frontispiece, fig. 6)." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 312).