Ixias pyrene (Linnaeus, 1764)

    pyrene Linnaeus, 1764

Original Description

Papilio (Danaus) pyrene Linnaeus, 1764

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT
Additional information: "LSL: 1 ex. labelled "Pyrene" [by Linnaeus], "Pyrene 762." [by Smith], here designated as LECTOTYPE" (Honey & Scoble 2001: 375-376).
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

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

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Danaus) pyrene Linnaeus, 1764
Treated as a species of Ixias Hübner, [1819] by Eliot (1978: 424). Treated as a species of Ixias Hübner, 1819 by Yata (1985: 280).


Lectotype designated by Honey & Scoble (2001: 375-376). "Remarks. Although described in the MLU work this species was not figured by Clerck and nor was it mentioned by Thunberg (1804) as being present in the MLU collection when it was donated to the University of Uppsala. There is, however, a Linnaean specimen in the LSL, which we have designated as lectotype. Osbeck (1765) cited material from Canton that was examined by Linnaeus between 1750 and 1757 and so fits the type locality. The distribution of the nominate subspecies was given as South China by Yata (1981: 280). The map presented in that work shows the range of the nominate subspecies as extending down to Canton. Type species of the genus Ixias Hübner." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 375-376)