Phalanta phalantha aethiopica

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: 51

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Phalanta phalantha aethiopica


201. Phalanta phalantha aethiopica  (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903)

WL: 27mm. The nominate subspecies flies in the Oriental Region. The present subspecies occurs in tropical Africa, usually in open forest and dense savanna. The caterpillars are polyphagous and feed on species of Celastraceae  , Euphorbiaceae  , Flacourtiaceae  , Rubiaceae  , Smilacaceae  and Violaceae  . 

Studied material. Cacheu: Caió, rare (JB). 

Previous references. Regions: Bolama, Gabú, Quinara, Tombali. Authors: Aurivillius (1910), Bivar-de- Sousa & Passos-de-Carvalho (1987), Larsen (2005), Consciência et al. (2008). 

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