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Ortholexis Karsch 1895

the Scarce Sprites

Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Celaenorrhinini


The scarce sprites, a small genus of rare West African forest skippers.


Larsen (2005) elevated the three species in this genus from Katreus Watson and placed them in Loxolexis Karsch. However, the type of Loxolexis is Loxolexis percnaptera Karsch, which is a junior subjective synonym of the type species of Katreus, Astictopterus johnstonii Butler. Therefore, Loxolexis is a synonym of Katreus, and these species are assigned to Ortholexis, the type species of which is O. melichroptera (a synonym of O. holocausta (Mabille)).

Other Names for Ortholexis Karsch 1895


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

Larsen, TB. 2005. Butterflies of West Africa. Stenstrup, DK: Apollo Books.

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