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Hypolycaena C. Felder & R. Felder 1862

the Fairy Hairstreaks

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Hypolycaenini


A widespread paleotropical genus, ranging from West Africa to Australia. There is some question (e. g., Parsons 1999) regarding the monophyly of this genus: there are species groups with significant morphological and behavioral differences.

Other Names for Hypolycaena C. Felder & R. Felder 1862


Ackery, P. R., Smith, C. R. & Vane-Wright, R. I. (ed.) 1995 Carcasson's African butterflies. Canberra: CSIRO.

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

Larsen, T. B. 2005 Butterflies of West Africa. Stenstrup, Denmark: Apollo Books.

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

Title Illustrations
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Scientific Name Hypolycaena philippus
Location Nigeria: Port Harcourt
Acknowledgements reproduced with permission, June 2009
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Dirk Motshagen
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Copyright © 2009 Dirk Motshagen
Scientific Name Hypolycaena erylus
Location Butterfly trail, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source DSC_0127 Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus teatus)
Source Collection Flickr
Copyright © 2007 Yixiong Cai
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