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

by Stefan Schröder


Arhopala chamaeleona Bethune-Baker, 1903

ssp. chamaeleona Bethune-Baker, 1903






STATUS: Widely distributed, a rare species in Papua. In New Guinea the nominate race occurs.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Waigeo Island; Japen Island; Biak Island; Numfor Island; New Guinea: Arfak Mts., Mimika, Sorong. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: ssp. rileyi Joicey & Talbot, 1922: Seram; ssp. susyae Tennent & Rawlins, 2010: Bacan, Morotai; ssp. chamaeleona: 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.

Tennent, W.J. & Rawlins, A., 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.