Charaxes epijasius Reiche, 1850

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: 36

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Charaxes epijasius Reiche, 1850


130. Charaxes epijasius Reiche, 1850 

WL: 47mm. C. epijasius  is especially known from the Guinea savanna, though it also occurs in the drier Sudan savanna. It is distributed from Senegal to Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, CAR, northern DRC, northern Uganda, northwestern Kenya, south Sudan and Ethiopia (Larsen, 2005). The caterpillars are highly polyphagous and feed on species of the genera Celastraceae  , Ericaceae  , Fabaceae  , Meliaceae  , Euphorbiaceae  , Malvaceae  , Proteaceae  and Poaceae—reported in detail by Bivar-de-Sousa et al (2008b).

Studied material. Cacheu: Caió , 5 specimens (JB)  . Gabú: Beli , 0 5.07.2009, 1♀ (BS 29190). 

Previous references. Regions: Bafatá, Biombo, Cacheu, Oio, Tombali. Authors: Bacelar (1949), Bivar-de- Sousa & Passos-de-Carvalho (1987), Larsen (2005), Bivar-de-Sousa et al. (2008a).

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


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