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

by Stefan Schröder


Arhopala alkisthenes Fruhstorfer, 1914






STATUS: Uncommon. Even though phenotypically intermediate between micale and aexone, characters of this taxon are regarded as constant by Parsons (1998: 392) calling it a “fairly distinctive species”.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Numfor Island; Mioswaar Island; Rumberpon [Amberfron?] Island; New Guinea: Nabire. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Batjan, Papua New Guinea.

DATA SOURCES: KSP. Literature (see below).






Evans, W.H, 1957. A revision of the Arhopala group of Oriental Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London Entomology 5: 85- 141.
Parsons, M., 1999. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea. Their systematics and biology: 736 pp., Academic Press, London.

Schröder, S., 2015. The Arhopala centaurus-group of Evans (1957) in Papua, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Suara Serangga Papua (SUGAPA) 9(1): 1-22.