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The Blues (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae, Lycaeninae) of Papua Indonesia

by Stefan Schröder


Hypochrysops polycletus (Linnaeus, 1758)

ssp. rex (Boisduval, 1832)
hylaithus Fruhstorfer, 1908
oineus Fruhstorfer, 1908
hypocletus Fruhstorfer, 1908
linos Fruhstorfer, 1908






STATUS: Hypochrysops polycletus is a widespread and common species ranging from the Moluccas (Seram, Halmahera) through New Guinea to the Eastern New Guinea Islands and Northern Australia. Subspecific separation of PNG subspecies is based much on the varying width of the discocellular red band on the hindwing underside (Sands, 1986). Sands also pointed out that a wide geographical variation exists within polycletus, and that a separation of new subspecies may be needed.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo Island; Supiori Island; Biak Island: Korem; Japen Island: Waropen; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Brazza River, Fakfak, Jayapura, Kaimana, Kloofbivak, Kobakma, Kota Nica, Langda, Lukun, Manokwari, Merauke, Miei, Mimika, Nabire, Pim, Rime Telyi, River Arja, Sarmi, Sorong, Star Mountains, Tami River, Upper Digul, Wamena, Wandammen Peninsula, Wosi, Yahukimo. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: ssp. rex: Papua New Guinea, other ssp.: Moluccas, North Australia.

DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).






Sands, D.P.A., 1986. A revision of the genus Hypochrysops C. and R. Felder (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Entomonograph 7: 1-116.