Aethilla jaira Butler, 1870

Zhang, Jing, Cong, Qian, Shen, Jinhui & Grishin, Nick V., 2022, Taxonomic changes suggested by the genomic analysis of Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera), Insecta Mundi 2022 (921), pp. 1-135 : 23

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Aethilla jaira Butler, 1870


Aethilla jaira Butler, 1870 and Telegonus jaira race jamaicensis Williams, 1927 are junior subjective synonyms of Telegonus cretellus ( Herrich-Schäffer, 1869) , reinstated status

Currently a junior subjective synonym of Telegonus cassander (Fabricius, 1793) (type locality not specified [ Cuba?]), Eudamus cretellus Herrich-Schäffer, 1869 (type locality not more specific than Tropical America to USA) is not conspecific with it, and the E. cretellus syntype (NVG-15031C03) in the ZMHB is placed in the genomic tree within a clade containing specimens from Jamaica identified as Telegonus jaira (Butler, 1870) (type locality West Indies [ Jamaica]) ( Fig. 1 View Figure 1 ). The syntype has heavier green overscaling consistent with a Jamaican origin identified by DNA sequencing and thus differs phenotypically from its sister species T. cassander from Cuba and Isla de Juventud. Because this species is only known from Jamaica, it is likely that the syntype of E. cretellus was collected in Jamaica. The holotype and allotype of Telegonus jaira race jamaicensis Williams, 1927 (type locality Jamaica) (NVG-15096C01 and NVG-15096B01) in the CMNH are also in the same clade. Telegonus cretellus ( Herrich-Schäffer, 1869) is the oldest name for this clade and therefore takes priority, rendering Aethilla jaira Butler, 1870 and T. j. race jamaicensis Williams, 1927 its junior subjective synonyms. To stabilize nomenclature, N.V.G. designates the syntype in the ZMHB bearing the following labels || Origin || cretellus HS || Coll. H. – Sch. || Telegon. | Cretellus | HS. || GEN.PREP., | MIELKE | 1996 || [barcode image] http://coll.mfn-berlin. de/u/ | 940b07 || DNA sample ID: | NVG-15031C03 | c/o Nick V. Grishin || as the lectotype of Eudamus cretellus Herrich-Schäffer, 1869 .