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Appias (Catophaga) (Hübner 1819) TS = Papilio claudina Cramer, 1777

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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taxon links [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) galene [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) galba [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) melania [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) placidia [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) albina [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) mata [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) celestina [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) clementina [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) athama [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) mariana [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) paulina [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) zarinda [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) wardii [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) nero [up-->]Appias (Catophaga) aurosa Monophyly UncertainMonophyly UncertainMonophyly Uncertain[down<--]Appiadina Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Appiadina


The subgenus ranges from Malaya to Australia. The classification has lately been revised by Yata et al. (2010), who have elevated a number of taxa formerly viewed as subspecies to specific status. Larvae feed on Capparis (Capparaceae) and Drypetes (Putranjivaceae).


Yata et al. (2010) diagnose the subgenus Catophaga mainly on the basis of male and female genitalic characters. Males and females have a well-developed black genital hair tuft on the dista margin of the eighth abdominal sternite.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Species circumscribed and divided into groups as per Yata et al. (2010). Those authors caution that the species groups may not be monophyletic.

Other Names for Appias (Catophaga) (Hübner 1819) TS = Papilio claudina Cramer, 1777


Corbet AS, Pendlebury HM, and Eliot JN. 1992. The butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

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

Vane-Wright RI, and de Jong R. 2003. The butterflies of Sulawesi: annotated checklist for a critical island fauna. Zoologische Verhandelingen 343: 1-267.

Yata, O., J. E. Chainey and R. I. Vane-Wright. 2010. The golden and Mariana albatrosses, new species of pierid butterflies, with a review of the subgenus Appias (Catophaga) (Lepidoptera). Systematic Entomology 35: 764-800.

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Scientific Name Appias albina ssp. albina
Scientific Name Appias paulina ssp. ega
Source CSIRO Entomology
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