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      The identity of Alfred Wallace’s mysterious butterfly taxon Lycaena nisa solved: Famegana nisa comb. nov., a senior synonym of F. alsulus (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Polyommatinae)

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      Famegana alsulus , Formosa, lectotype designation, Lycaena alsulus , new synonymy, Taiwan, Zizera taiwana

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          Lycaena nisa Wallace, 1866 was described from Formosa (Taiwan) and is here recognized as a senior subjective synonym of Lycaena alsulus Herrich-Schäffer, 1869. It is resurrected to serve as the valid name, Famegana nisa (Wallace, 1866), comb nov. of the species commonly known as Famegana alsulus . The name Zizera taiwana Sonan, 1938 ( syn. nov.), also described from Formosa, is recognized as a junior subjective synonym of L. nisa . Another name, Zizeeria alsulus eggletoni Corbet, 1941 ( syn. nov.), described from Hong Kong is also considered a junior subjective synonym of L. nisa . Moreover, all former synonyms of alsulus automatically become new junior synonyms for nisa. This species occurs in the Oriental and Australian regions and western Pacific.

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                Zookeys
                Zookeys
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                urn:lsid:arphahub.com:pub:45048D35-BB1D-5CE8-9668-537E44BD4C7E
                urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:91BD42D4-90F1-4B45-9350-EEF175B1727A
                ZooKeys
                Pensoft Publishers
                1313-2989
                1313-2970
                2020
                09 September 2020
                : 966
                : 153-162
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, 116, Taiwan, ROC National Taiwan Normal University Taipei Taiwan
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Yu-Feng Hsu ( t43018@ 123456ntnu.edu.tw )

                Academic editor: E.J. van Nieukerken

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                51921
                10.3897/zookeys.966.51921
                7494659
                Yu-Feng Hsu

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Taiwan Forestry Bureau
                Categories
                Research Article
                Lycaenidae
                Systematics
                Cenozoic
                Asia

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