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

by Stefan Schröder


Arhopala admete (Hewitson, 1863)

ssp. cora Rawlins, Schröder & Cassidy, 2018






STATUS: Arhopala admete was originally described from the Moluccas. The form occurring in Western Papua constantly differs from the nominate race in having no blue tornal scaling on the hindwing and a brown wing underside colour, while the Maluku race has grey undersides. Arhopala admete eucolpis Kirsch, 1877 was raised to species rank (Schröder, 2015). Specimens from Waigeo may represent a separate race.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo Island; New Guinea: Abepura, Sorong. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Moluccas, Papua New Guinea.

DATA SOURCES: KSP. Literature (see below).






Parsons, M., 1999. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea. Their systematics and biology: 736 pp., Academic Press, London.
Rawlins, A., S. Schröder & A. Cassidy, 2018. A new subspecies of Arhopala admete (Hewitson, 1863) from Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia and a brief review of the taxonomy of the Arhopala fulla
species-group (sensu Evans, 1957) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Butterflies 77: 39-42.
Schröder, S., 2015. The Arhopala centaurus-group of Evans (1957) in Papua, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Suara Serangga Papua (SUGAPA) 9(1): 1-22.
Tennent, W.J. & A. Rawlins, 2010. Notes on Arhopala Boisduval, 1832 from Sulawesi and Maluku, including new subspecies of A. argentea Staudinger, 1888, A. chamaeleona Bethune-Baker, 1903, and A. azenia (Hewitson, [1863]) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Nachrichten des Entomologische Vereins Apollo N.F. 31(1/2): 9-16.