Catopsilia pyranthe (Linnaeus, 1758)

    pyranthe Linnaeus, 1758

Original Description

Papilio (Danaus) pyranthe Linnaeus, 1758

Type specimen(s)

Status: Lectotype
Specimen data: LT (♂)
Additional information: "LSL: 1 ♂ labelled "66. Pyranthe" [by Linnaeus], "Pyranthe 763." [by Smith], here designated as LECTOTYPE" (Honey & Scoble 2001: 375)
Current depository: LSLO, London

Type locality

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

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Danaus) pyranthe Linnaeus, 1758
Treated as a species of Catopsilia by Treadaway (1995: 19).
Treated as a species of Catopsilia Hübner, 1819 by Vane-Wright & de Jong (2003: 100).


Lectotype designated by Honey & Scoble (2001: 375).
"Remarks. In 1767 Linnaeus cited the type locality as "Asia: China". The species is listed as having been purchased or caught in Canton by Osbeck (1765), which supports the statement of Corbet (1949: 198) that the type is in the Linnaean [LSL] collection and is from "China, Canton, [Osbeck]". We have selected the specimen labelled by Linnaeus as lectotype.
There are two specimens in the Clerck Collection, one labelled "Pyranthe 66" by Clerck. Both are on needles so may have been collected by Osbeck, but there are other specimens on similar needles in the Clerck Collection that are not of Linnaean origin nor, indeed, of Linnaean species.
The nominate subspecies is distributed across the Oriental region (e.g., Yata, 1981: 261), including in the region of Canton, the type locality." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 375)