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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: Lycaenidae
Subfamilia: Poritiinae
Tribus: Liptenini
Subtribus: Pentilina
Genus: Alaena
Species: A. amazoula – A. bicolora – A. bjornstadi – A. brainei – A. caissa – A. dodomaensis – A. exotica – A. ferrulineata – A. interposita – A. johanna – A. kiellandi – A. lamborni – A. maculata – A. madibirensis – A. margaritacea – A. ngonga – A. nyassa – A. oberthuri – A. ochracea – A. picata – A. reticulata – A. rosei – A. subrubra – A. unimaculosa

Alaena Boisduval, 1847: 591.

Type Species: Alaena amazoula Boisduval, by monotypy.

Boisduval, J.B. 1847. Catalogue des Lépidoptères recuillie par M. Delegorgue pendant les années 1838-1844 à Port-Natal, au pays de Amazoulous et dans la contrée de Massilicatzi. In: Delegorgue, M.A. Voyage dans l’Afrique australe 2: 585–602. Paris. Archive. Reference page.
Carcasson, R.H., 1965. New lepidoptera from East Africa. Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society and National Museum 25(2): 131–160. Reference page.
Kielland, J., 1983. Some new butterflies from Tanzania (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 95(5-6): 107–110. Reference page.
Stempffer, H. 1967. The genera of the African Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), entomology. Supplement 10: 322pp, 1pl. BHL Reference page.


Williams, M. C., 2008. Checklist of Afrotropical Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea. 7th Edn. (April 2007). Alaena Afrotropical Butterflies. Reference page.
Type Images MRAC

Alaena is a genus of butterflies, commonly called Zulus, in the family Lycaenidae. They are endemic to the Afrotropics.

Listed alphabetically:[1]

Alaena amazoula Boisduval, 1847 – yellow Zulu
Alaena bicolora Bethune-Baker, 1924
Alaena bjornstadi Kielland, 1993
Alaena brainei Vári, 1976
Alaena caissa Rebel & Rogenhofer, 1894
Alaena dodomaensis Kielland, 1983
Alaena exotica Collins & Larsen, 2005
Alaena ferrulineata Hawker-Smith, 1933
Alaena interposita Butler, 1883
Alaena johanna Sharpe, 1890 – Johanna's Zulu
Alaena kiellandi Carcasson, 1965
Alaena lamborni Gifford, 1965
Alaena maculata Hawker-Smith, 1933
Alaena madibirensis Wichgraf, 1921
Alaena margaritacea Eltringham, 1929 – Wolkberg Zulu
Alaena ngonga Jackson, 1966
Alaena nyassa Hewitson, 1877
Alaena oberthuri Aurivillius, 1899
Alaena ochracea Gifford, 1965
Alaena picata Sharpe, 1896
Alaena reticulata Butler, 1896
Alaena rosei Vane-Wright, 1980
Alaena subrubra Bethune-Baker, 1915
Alaena unimaculosa Hawker-Smith, 1926


Alaena at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.
Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 13: Die Afrikanischen Tagfalter. Plate XIII 61

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