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

by Stefan Schröder


Philiris fulgens (Grose-Smith & Kirby, 1897)

ssp. septentrionalis (Joicey & Talbot, 1916)







STATUS: Not a common species. According to Joicey & Talbot (1916: 76) septentrionalis differs from fulgens s.str. in having the purple on the forewing more extended, reaching the costa and more blue in cells 6 and 7 on the hindwing. Parsons (1998) lists both ssp. septentrionalis and bicolorata Wind & Clench, 1947 for mainland PNG, with septentrionalis as the ssp. occurring north of the central Ridge and bicolorata south of it. As the type locality of bicolorata is Aru, it is most likely that this ssp. is also to be found in West Papua.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak Island; Supiori Island; Japen Island: Waropen; New Guinea: Jayapura, Manokwari, Merauke, Sarmi, Sorong, Yahukimo. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Moluccas, Papua New Guinea, Queensland (Australia).

DATA SOURCES: Literature (see below).






Parson, M., 1999. The butterflies of Papua New Guinea. Their systematics and biology: 736 pp., Academic Press, London.
Tite, G.E., 1963. A revision of the genus Candalides and allied genera (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology Supplement, 14: 199-259.