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Lycaena Fabricius, 1807

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Lycaena Fabricius, 1807: 285
Type: Papilio phlaeas Linnaeus, 1761

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Chrysoptera Zincken, 1817, Allgem. Lit. Ztg. Halle 3:75
Chrysophanus Hübner, 1818, Zutr. z. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1: 18
Chrysoptera Tutt, 1906, Ent. Rec. 18:131
Disparia Verity, 1943, Farfalle diurn. d`Ital. 2: 21
Helleia Verity, 1943, Farfalle diurn. d`Ital. 2: 20
Heodes Dalman, 1816, K. svenska Vetensk Akad. Handl.: 63
Loweia Tutt, 1906, Nat. Hist. Brit. Butts. 1: 314
Lycia Sodovskii, 1837, Bull. Soc. imp. Nat. Moscou 1837: 81
Migonitis Sodovskii, 1837, Bull. Soc. imp. Nat. Moscou 1837: 82
Palaeochrysophanus Verity, 1943, Farfalle diurn. d`Ital. 2: 23
Palaeoloweia Verity, 1934, Ent. Rec. 46, Suppl.: (13) nota
Rapsidia Sibatani, 1974, J. Austral. ent. Soc. 13: 109
Rumicia Tutt, 1906, Ent. Rec. 18: 131
Tharsalea Scudder, 1876, Bull. Buffalo Soc. nat. Sci. 3: 125
Thersamolycaena Verity, 1957, Ent. Rec. 69: 225
Thersamonolycaena Zhdanko, 1993, Ent. Obozr. 72: 134
Thersamonia Verity, 1919, Ent. Rec. 31: 28.


The genus is known from the Palaearctic, Nearctic anf Afrotropical region, whereas from the Oriental and Neotropical region it is absent. In the Australian region, it is found only in New Zealand (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).


The ground colour of the male upperside is usually orange-red. Following Bozano & Weidenhoffer (2001), in the -genitalia the arms of the uncus are narrow (broad in Hyrcanana and Athamanthia). The falces are evenly arcuate (sharply angulate in the middle in Hyrcanana and Athamanthia) and the saccus is well protruding (not developed in Hyrcanana and Athamanthia).

Worth knowing:


Bozano, G. C. & Z. Weidenhoffer 2001. Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Lycaenidae I, Subfamily Lycaeninae. Omnesa Artes, Milano, 62 pp.
Fabricius, J. C. 1807. Die neueste Gattungs-Eintheilung der Schmetterlinge aus den Linnéischen Gattungen Papilio und Sphinx. Magazin für Insektenkunde. Herausgegeben von Karl Illiger, 6: 277-295.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.09.18
not reviewed