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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
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: Aphnaeinae
Genus: Aphnaeus
Species: A. abriana – A. adamsi – A. affinis – A. argenteola – A. argyrocyclus – A. asterius – A. boormani – A. brahami – A. cameruna – A. chapini – A. charboneli – A. curlei – A. ducarmei – A. ebogo – A. erikssoni – A. flavescens – A. gilloni – A. herbuloti – A. hutchinsonii – A. jacksoni – A. jefferyi – A. kiellandi – A. liberti – A. marci – A. marshalli – A. mashunae – A. mirabilis – A. neavei – A. nimbaensis – A. nyanzae – A. orcas – A. questiauxi – A. rex – A. safiani – A. suk – A. williamsi – A. zanzibarensis

Aphnaeus Hübner, [1819].

Type species: Papilio orcas Drury, [1782].

Aphnaemorpha de Nicéville, 1890: 347. TS: Papilio orcas Drury, [1782], designated by Scudder, 1875: 116.
Aphnaeomorpha Riley, 1922: 465, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 28 . [Incorrect subsequent spelling of Aphnaemorpha de Nicéville.]
Paraphnaeus Thierry-Mieg, 1904: 140, Le Naturaliste 26 . TS: Aphnaeus hutchinsonii Trimen, 1887, by monotypy.


Bouyer, T., 1996. Notes sur les Lycaenidae Aphnaeus avec description d’une espece nouvelle. Etudes sur les Lycaenidae: note no. 3. (Lepidoptera). Entomologia Africana 1: 25–28. Reference page.
Bouyer, T. 2021. Note sur les Aphnaeus du “groupe asterius” et description d’une nouvelle espèce (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae) Etude sur les Lycaenidae: note n° 21. Entomologia Africana 26(1): 2-8. Reference page.
Bouyer, T. & Libert, M., 1996: New Lycaenidae Spindasis and Aphnaeus for the fauna of Cameroon. Bulletin De La Societe Entomologique De France. 101 (1): 49–52.
de Nicéville, L., 1890. The butterflies of India, Burmah & Ceylon. 3. Calcutta, xi + 503 pp. Text, Pls. Reference page.
Libert, M., 2013. Révision du genre Aphnaeus Hübner (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae), 100pp, 13 pls. A.B.R.I., Nairobi, Kenya. Reference page.
Sáfián, S.; Libert, M.; Collins, S.C. 2013: Two new Aphnaeus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae) species from Liberia. Zootaxa 3718(2): 193–199. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3718.2.7 Reference page.
Sharpe, E., 1904. On new species of butterflies from equatorial Africa. Entomologist. 37: 202-204. BHL. Reference page.
Williams, M.C. 2007. Checklist of Afrotropical Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea. 7th Edn. (April 2007). Downloaded from Afrotropical Butterflies. Reference page.


Type images: MRAC.

Aphnaeus is a genus of butterflies in the family Lycaenidae. The species of this genus are found in the Afrotropical realm.

Aphnaeus abriana Collins & Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus adamsi Stempffer, 1954
Aphnaeus affinis Riley, 1921
Aphnaeus argyrocyclus Holland, 1890
Aphnaeus asterius Plötz, 1880
Aphnaeus boormani Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus brahami Lathy, 1903
Aphnaeus cameruna Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus chapini (Holland, 1920)
Aphnaeus charboneli Bouyer & Libert, 1996
Aphnaeus curlei Libert & Collins, 2013
Aphnaeus ebogo Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus erikssoni Trimen, 1891
Aphnaeus flavescens Stempffer, 1954
Aphnaeus gilloni Stempffer, 1966
Aphnaeus herbuloti Stempffer, 1971
Aphnaeus hutchinsonii Trimen, 1887
Aphnaeus jacksoni Stempffer, 1954
Aphnaeus jefferyi Hawker-Smith, 1928
Aphnaeus kiellandi Stempffer, 1972
Aphnaeus liberti Bouyer, 1996
Aphnaeus marci Collins & Larsen, 2008
Aphnaeus marshalli Neave, 1910
Aphnaeus mashunae Stempffer, 1954
Aphnaeus mirabilis Sáfián, Libert & Collins, 2013
Aphnaeus neavei Bethune-Baker, 1926
Aphnaeus nimbaensis Sáfián, Libert & Collins, 2013
Aphnaeus nyanzae Stempffer, 1954
Aphnaeus orcas (Drury, 1782)
Aphnaeus questiauxi Aurivillius, 1903
Aphnaeus rex Aurivillius, 1909
Aphnaeus safiani Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus suk Libert, 2013
Aphnaeus williamsi Carcasson, 1964
Aphnaeus zanzibarensis Grose-Smith, 1889

External links

"Aphnaeus Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
Royal Museum of Central Africa Images
Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 13: Die Afrikanischen Tagfalter. Plate XIII 69

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