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Spalgis Moore 1879


Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Spalgini


A small genus with one widespread Asian species (S. epius), two from New Guinea (S. asmus, S. sp. nov.), one from the Philippines (S. takanamii), two African species (S. jacksoni, S. lemolea) and one from Madagascar (S. tintinga). The common name refers to the observation that chrysalides of these species are said to resemble the head of a monkey (Hinton, 1974).

Other Names for Spalgis Moore 1879


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

Hinton, H. E. 1974 Lycaenid pupae that mimic anthropoid heads. J. Ent. (A) 49, 65-69.

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.

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Scientific Name Spalgis epius
Location Wayanad, India
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Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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Scientific Name Spalgis epius
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Life Cycle Stage pupa
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