Subspecies of the Violet Lacewing, Cethosia myrina (Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae), a protected butterfly from Sulawesi

R. I. Vane-Wright

Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD UK, and Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NR, UK.

The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera

Volume 45: 55-64

ISSN 0022-4324 (print)
ISSN 2156-5457 (online)

Abstract. Taxonomic problems concerning the diagnosis and nomenclature of the five subspecies of the protected Sulawesi endemic nymphalid butterfly Cethosia myrina are discussed. The correct name for the central and eastern Sulawesi subspecies is deemed to be C. m. melancholica Fruhstorfer, 1912, and that of the Buton and Muna subspecies C. m. vanbemmeleni Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1918. C. m. ribbei Honrath, 1887, from the Banggai archipelago, is distinct. The nominate subspecies C. m. myrina Felder & Felder, 1867, from northern Sulawesi, is shown to be larger than C. m. sarnada Fruhstorfer, 1912, from southern Sulawesi, and the latter is reinstated from synonymy. A key to the subspecies and a discussion concerning their ontological status are presented.

Key words: nomenclature, synonymy, original spelling, infrasubspecific names, Sulawesi region

Received: 7 June 2011
Accepted: 29 February 2012

Published online at on 15 July 2012

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