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Charaxes Ochsenheimer 1816

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Charaxes candiope sucking tree sap
Containing group: Charaxini


Big, beautiful Charaxes butterflies - the most diverse genus in Africa? Or maybe the most oversplit. Ackery et al. (1995) state, "No group of African butterflies arouses stronger emotions than Charaxes." Gaining an understanding of their phylogenetic relationships will add a new chapter to their convoluted literature.

The bulk of the list is Afrotropical taxa. The species listed after C. zoolina are the ones from India, Indomalaya and the indonesian archipelago to New Guinea.


Ackery PR, Smith CR, and Vane-Wright RI eds. 1995. Carcasson's African butterflies. Canberra: CSIRO.

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.

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Charaxes candiope sucking tree sap
Scientific Name Charaxes candiope
Location Gombe National Park, Tanzania
Comments These butterflies were clustered round an oozing wound in a tree-trunk. The species was also seen on civet dung.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By David Bygott
Behavior Feeding
Life Cycle Stage Adult
View Dorsal/lateral
Copyright © 2005
Scientific Name Charaxes jasius
Location near Iraklio, Crete, Greece
Acknowledgements The copyright owner has released this image under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Creative Commons License.
source: flickr: Hanging on
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 2006 Stavros Markopoulos
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