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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: Theclinae
Tribe: Deudorigini
Genus: Capys
Species: C. alpheus – C. bamendanus – C. bamptoni – C. brunneus – C. calpurnia – C. catharus – C. collinsi – C. connexivus – C. cupreus – C. disjunctus – C. hermes – C. juliae – C. meruensis – C. penningtoni – C. stuarti – C. vorgasi – C. usambarae

Capys Hewitson, 1865: 59.

Type species: Papilio alpheus Cramer, [1777]

Scoptes Hübner, 1819: 111. Suppressed. See Opinion 1398 of ICZN.


Bridges, C.A. 1994. Catalogue of the Family-Group, Genus-Group and Species-Group Names of the Riodinidae & Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) of the World. Bridges, Urbana, Illinois. BHL Reference page.
Cramer, P. 1775–1780. De Uitlandsche Kapellen voorkomende in der drie Waereld-Deelen Asia, Afrika en America (etc). Amsterdam, Baalde & Utrecht, Parts 1–3. Pt.1 [1775]: xxx+16, 1–132, pls 1–84; [1776]: 133–156, pls 85–96; Pt.2 [1777]: 1–152, pls 97–192; Pt.3 [1779]: 1–104, pls 193–252; [1780]: 105–176, pls 253–288; Pt.4 [1780]: 1–246, pls 289–400. Reference page.
Henning, G.A. & Henning, S.F., 1988. A review of the genus Capys Hewitson (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with descriptions of seven new species and two new subspecies. Durban Museum Novitates 14(2): 102–139. download Reference page.
Hewitson, W.C. 1863–1878. Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae. London, van Vorst, x + 229 pp, 107 pls. Text, plates. Reference page.
Hübner, J. 1819. Verzeichniß bekannter Schmettlinge 2–11: 17–176. BHL Reference page.

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

Conservation of the name

In 1819, Jacob Hübner published the generic name Scoptes, including three species but without designating a type.[1] The generic name was more or less forgotten afterwards.[2] In 1966, Norman Denbigh Riley, for practical reasons, selected Papilio alphaeus Cramer, 1777, as the type species of Scoptes, by which Scoptes became an objective synonym of Capys, and started a case to suppress the name Scoptes for purposes of priority.[2] In 1986, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature suppressed the name Scoptes (for the principle of priority not principle of homonymy) in order to conserve the name Capys Hewitson.[3]

Capys alphaeus (Cramer, [1777])
Capys bamendanus Schultze, 1909
Capys bamptoni Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys brunneus Aurivillius, 1916
Capys calpurnia Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys catharus Riley, 1932
Capys collinsi Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys connexivus Butler, 1897
Capys cupreus Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys disjunctus Trimen, 1895
Capys hermes Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys juliae Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys meruensis Henning & Henning, 1988
Capys penningtoni Riley, 1932
Capys stuarti Collins & Larsen, 2000
Capys usambarae Congdon & Collins, 1998
Capys vorgasi Larsen & Collins, 2003


Hübner, J. (1819). Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge: 111
Riley, N.D. (1966). Scoptes Hübner [1819] v. Capys Hewitson 1864 (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae), a case of a forgotten name. Z.N.(S.) 1748. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature 23(4): 165
Tubbs, P.K. (1986). Opinion 1398, Capys Hewitson, [1865] (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae): conserved. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 43(2): 152

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