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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: Theclinae
Tribe: Deudorigini
Genus: Rapala
Species: R. aquamarina – R. arata – R. arbaimuni – R. bomiensis – R. caerulea – R. caerulescens – R. cassidyi – R. catena – R. christopheri – R. cowani – R. cyrhestica – R. damona – R. dieneces – R. dioetas – R. diopites – R. domitia – R. duma – R. elcia – R. enipeus – R. extensa – R. hades – R. hinomaru – R. iarbus – R. lankana – R. manea – R. masara – R. melida – R. micans – R. mikaae – R. nemorensis – R. nissa – R. persephone – R. pheretima – R. rectivitta – R. repercussa – R. rhoda – R. rhodopis – R. rhoecus – R. ribbei – R. rosacea – R. rubida – R. scintilla – R. selira – R. suffusa – R. takasagonis – R. tara – R. tomokoae – R. varuna – R. zamona

Rapala Moore, 1881.

Type Species: Thecla varuna Horsfield, [1829]: 91, by original designation.

Hysudra Moore, 1881
Baspa Moore, 1882
Bidapsa Moore, 1882
Nadisepa Moore, 1882
Vadebra Moore, [1884]. Preoccupied by Vadebra Moore, 1883, Lepidoptera, Danaiidae. TS Deudorix petosiris Hewitson, [1863].
Atara Zhdanko, 1996


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Rapala is a genus of butterflies in the tribe Deudorigini of the subfamily Theclinae of the family Lycaenidae. They are found throughout South Asia and Southeast Asia, with a few species extending to Australia and into the eastern Palaearctic region.

Males of Rapala are differentiated from other genera in the Deudorigini by their genitalia, with the conjoined valvae tapering evenly to rounded apices. The male secondary sexual characters also differ. In every species there is a brand above the origin of vein seven and lying wholly within space seven, clothed with very small scent scales, and nearly always there is an associated erectile hair tuft on the forewing dorsum beneath.

Almost all species exhibit sexual dimorphism in the colour of the upperside; normally the male is red, reddish brown or deep blue, while the female is dark brown or pale purple blue.
Selected species

Rapala arata (Bremer, 1861)
Rapala cassidyi
Rapala christopheri (Lane & Müller, 2006)
Rapala dioetas
Rapala diopites
Rapala iarbus
Rapala lankana
Rapala melampus
Rapala manea (Hewitson, [1863])
Rapala melida
Rapala nemorensis Oberthür, 1914
Rapala repercussa Leech, 1890
Rapala rhoecus
Rapala schistacea
Rapala scintilla
Rapala selira
Rapala sphinx
Rapala suffusa
Rapala tomokoae H. Hayashi, Schrőder & Treadaway, [1978]
Rapala varuna

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Images representing Rapala at Consortium for the Barcode of Life
"Rapala Moore, [1881]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

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