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Acrodipsas Sands 1980

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Luciini


An endemic Australian hairstreak genus. The larvae of some species are predatory on ant larvae.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Acrodipsas contains species formerly included in Pseudodipsas. Sands (1980) considered the former to be more closely-related to another Australian endemic genus, Paralucia.

The topology presented is based on the mitochondrial DNA-based phylogenetic analysis of Eastwood and Hughes (2003).


Common, I. F. B. & Waterhouse, D. F. 1981 Butterflies of Australia. East Melbourne: CSIRO Publications.

Parsons, M. 1999 The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. San Diego: Academic Press.

Eastwood, R. & Hughes, J. M. 2003 Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary biology of Acrodipsas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 27: 93-102.

Sands, D. P. A. 1980. A new genus Acrodipsas for a group of Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) previously referred to Pseudodipsas C. & R. Felder, with descriptions of two new species from northern Queensland. J. Aust. Ent. Soc. 18: 251-265.

Sands, D. P. A., Miller, C. G. & Kerr, J. F. R. 1997. A new species of Acrodipsas Sands (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from inland New South Wales and Soutern Queensland. Australian J. Entomol. 36: 19-23.

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Scientific Name Acrodipsas cuprea
Source CSIRO Entomology
Scientific Name Acrodipsas mortoni
Location Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Brown Ant-blue
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Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2008 Michael Jefferies
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