Bebearia senegalensis Herrich Schaeffer, 1858

Bivar-De-Sousa, António, Vasconcelos, Sasha, Mendes, Luís F., Larsen, Torben B., Baker, Jon & Guilherme, João L., 2016, Butterflies of Guinea-Bissau: VIII. New data, new reports, corrections and biodiversity (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea), Zootaxa 4201 (1), pp. 1-77: 46

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Bebearia senegalensis Herrich Schaeffer, 1858


175. Bebearia senegalensis Herrich Schaeffer, 1858 

WL: 32mm. This species was reported previously by Bivar-de-Sousa et al. (2008b) as B. cocalia senegalensis  . However, Larsen (2005) considers it to be an independent species, discussing the dissimilarities among B. cocalia  , B. guineensis  and B. senegalensis  , all part of the B. mardania  complex. B. senegalensis  is frequent in dry forest and Guinea savanna, occurring in Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau (including the Bijagós Archipelago), Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. The caterpillars feed on Raphia palma-pinus  ( Arecaceae  ).

Studied material. Cacheu, Caió, forest and forest margins (JB).

Previous references. Regions: Biombo, Bolama. Authors: Bacelar (1949), Ackery et al (1995), Larsen (2005), Bivar-de-Sousa et al. (2008b).

Probable abundance and proposed status. AB: NF; CS: LC.