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Curetinae Distant 1884

Curetis Hübner 1819

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Lycaenidae


The subfamily is composed of a single genus, distributed from Sri Lanka to the Solomon Is. The larvae have a unique, apparently defensive structure: a pair of abdominal tubercles with terminal eversible flagellae with rosettes of setae that have been hypothesized to function as parasitoid-deterrent mechanisms (Parsons 1999).

Other Names for Curetis Hübner 1819


Corbet AS, Pendlebury HM, and Eliot JN. 1992. The butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

Eliot JN. 1969. An analysis of the Eurasian and Australian Neptini (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. Suppl. 15: 1-156, plates 1-3.

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

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

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Scientific Name Curetis acuta
Location Taiwan
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source 銀灰蝶(銀斑小灰蝶)Curetis acuta formosana Fruhstorfer
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Scientific Name Curetis bulis
Location Thailand
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © John Moore
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