Speyeria currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Argyreus suppressed by the ICZN as having priority over ArgynnisNiklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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NomenclatureThe North American representatives of the Holarctic genus Argynnis have for some time been placed in the genus Speyeria. The recent morphological work of Simonsen (2006), combined with the molecular data of Simonsen et al. (2006) suggest that the remainder of Argynnis is paraphyletic if Speyeria is retained as a distinct genus.
The name Argyreus, although older than Argynnis, was suppressed by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature to preserve stability of usage of the latter when the two are considered synonymous, as they are here.
Simonsen, T. J. 2006. Fritillary phylogeny, classification and larval hostplants: reconstructed mainly on the basis of male and female genitalic morphology (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Argynnini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89: 627-673.
Simonsen, T. J., N. Wahlberg, A. V. Z. Brower, and R. de Jong. 2006. Morphology, molecules and Fritillaries: approaching a stable phylogeny for Argynnini (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Insect Systematics & Evolution 37: 405-418.
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Wahlberg, Niklas and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2006. Argynnis currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Argyreus suppressed by the ICZN as having priority over Argynnis. Version 07 November 2006 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Argynnis/70410/2006.11.07 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Speyeria
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