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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Hesperiidae
Subfamilia: Pyrginae
Tribus: Carcharodini
Subtribus: Carcharodina
Genus: Carcharodus
Species (2): C. alceae – C. tripolina

Carcharodus Hübner, [1819]: 110.

Type species: Papilio alceae Esper, 1780, by subsequent designation by ICZN, 1947, Opinion 181: 607.

Spilolhyrus Duponchel, 1835: 415.
Spilothyrus Duponchel, 1835 (missp.)
Type species: Papilio alceae Esper, 1780, by subsequent designation by ICZN, 1947, Opinion 181: 607.


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Duponchel, P.A.J., 1832-1835. In: Godart, J.B. & Duponchel, P.A.J. Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France 1. Reference page.
Zhang, J., Brockmann, E., Cong, Q., Shen, J.H. & Grishin, N.V. 2020. A genomic perspective on the taxonomy of the subtribe Carcharodina (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Carcharodini). Zootaxa 4748(1): 182–194. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4748.1.10. Paywall. Reference page.

Carcharodus is a Palearctic genus of skippers in the family Hesperiidae.

In genomic research published in 2020, it was determined that six of the eight species in Carcharodus were more closely related to those in the genus Muschampia, and were transferred to that genus. This left only two species in Carcharodus.


This genus includes medium-sized, brown spotted skippers.

They are widespread in central and southern Europe, in North Africa and in temperate Asia from northern India up to southern Siberia.

These skippers can be found in meadows, trails and other sunny, warm locations. They fly in the sunshine and often visit flowers to drink nectar. The larvae feed on various herbs of several different plant families, including Malvaceae and Lamiaceae.

These species belong to the genus Carcharodus:[1]

Carcharodus alceae (Esper, 1780) (mallow skipper)
Carcharodus tripolina (Verity, 1925) (false mallow skipper)


Zhang, Jing; Brockmann, Ernst; Cong, Qian; Shen, Jinhui; et al. (2020). "A genomic perspective on the taxonomy of the subtribe Carcharodina (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Carcharodini)". Zootaxa. 4748 (1). doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4748.1.10.

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