oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The genus Cupido (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in South Africa

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A great diversity of opinion has existed with regard to the nomenclature of a number of species included in the large genus Cupido. Erected by Schrank in 1801, the type being C. puer Schr. (Papillio minimus Fuessl, 1775), the genus has been split up since into a multiplicity of small genera by various authors, often without sufficient grounds to warrant distinction. Confusion of names has resulted so that often it is very difficult to know what is the reorganized name of a particular insect and what the type of the genus.

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