Common name error? gillettii

Kondla, Norbert FOR:EX Norbert.Kondla at
Wed Oct 25 12:13:15 EDT 2000

Many recent books, articles, lists and web sites have been using "Gillette's
Checkerspot" as the common name for Euphydryas gillettii.  This is rather
odd because as pointed out in Alberta Butterflies; this butterfly was named
after Clarence P. Gillett and the common name is spelled "Gillett's".  Cris
Guppy advises that the first author to use a common name for gillettii is
Holland (1931) and that he spelled the name "Gillett's".  So my good-natured
question to people who have been using "Gillette's" is: why have you decided
to change the spelling of Clarence's last name ?? big smiley :-)

Norbert Kondla  P.Biol., RPBio.
Forest Ecosystem Specialist, Ministry of Environment
845 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 1H3
Phone 250-365-8610
Mailto:Norbert.Kondla at


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