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Arhopala Boisduval 1832

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Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Arhopalini


The genus Arhopala contains some 200 species, distributed from India to Japan to Australia and the Solomon Islands. There is substantial disagreement among authors as to circumscription and synonymy of many species. Larvae are attended by ants.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Species groups are based on classifications by Eliot (1992) and Parsons (1999). The alphabetical list of species at the bottom represents taxa not mentioned in either of those works. Megens et al. (2004) published a molecular phylogenetic hypothesis for 27 Arhopala species, but this represents a tiny fraction of the diversity of the group and the resultant trees do little more than corroborate some (but not all) of the species groups indicated in the list above.

Other Names for Arhopala Boisduval 1832


Corbet, A. S., Pendlebury, H. M. & Eliot, J. N. 1992 The butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Nature Society.

Megens, H.-J., Van Nes, W. J., Van Moorsel, C. H. M., Pierce, N. E. & de Jong, R. 2004 Molecular phylogeny of the Oriental butterfly genus Arhopala (Lycaenidae: Theclinae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Syst. Ent. 29, 115-131.

Parsons, M. 1999 The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. San Diego: Academic Press.

Vane-Wright, R. I. & de Jong, R. 2003 The butterflies of Sulawesi: annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. Zoologische Verhandelingen 343, 1-267.

Information on the Internet

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Scientific Name Arhopala abseus
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source brown butt
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2006 budak
Scientific Name Arhopala eumolphus (?)
Location Thailand: Chiang Mai
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Andrew V. Z. Brower
Life Cycle Stage adult
Copyright © John Moore
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