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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: Theclinae
Tribus: Theclini
Genus: Thermozephyrus
Species: T. ataxus – T. kirishimaensis – T. kubotae – T. lingi

Thermozephyrus Inomata & Itagaki, 1986.

Type species: Dipsas ataxus Westwood, 1851: 480, pl.74 fig.7.

Inomata, T. & Itagaki, Y. 1986. Atlas of the Japanese Butterflies. Take Shobo Co. Ltd. 500pp. Reference page.
Hasegawa, T. & Saito, K. 2014. Description of two new species of the subtribe Theclina (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae) from Central Vietnam. Butterflies (Teinopalpus) 67: 4–11. Reference page.
Westwood, J.O. [1851]. In Doubleday, E. & Westwood, J. O., 1850–1852: The genera of diurnal Lepidoptera Vol.2. pp.251–534, pls.31–80 + London. text, plates. Reference page.

Thermozephyrus ataxus, the wonderful hairstreak,[1] is a small butterfly found from India to Japan that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family.


The butterfly was previously classified as Thecla ataxus Doubleday.[2] It is also presently classified as Chrysozephyrus ataxus.[3]

The species occurs in Murree (Pakistan), and in India from Jammu and Kashmir to Kumaon and in the Naga Hills.[2] In general, the range extends from the western Himalayas to China and Japan.[4]

Thermozephyrus ataxus ataxus (north-western India to Upper Burma)
Thermozephyrus ataxus kirishimaensis (Okajima, 1922) (Japan)
Thermozephyrus ataxus lingi (Okano & Okura, 1969) (Taiwan)
Thermozephyrus ataxus motohiroi (Fujioka, 2001)
Thermozephyrus ataxus yakushimaensis (Yazaki, 1924) (Japan)
Thermozephyrus ataxus tsukiyamai (Fujioka, 2001) (Myanmar)
Thermozephyrus ataxus zulla (Tytler, 1915) (Assam, western China)

Cited references

Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Chrysozephyrus ataxus". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies (2nd ed.). Mumbai, India: Bombay Natural History Society. p. 250, ser no H41.4.
Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera Page on genus Chrysozephyrus.

Thermozephyrus at funet

See also

List of butterflies of India (Lycaenidae)

Beccaloni, George; Scoble, Malcolm; Kitching, Ian; Simonsen, Thomas; Robinson, Gaden; Pitkin, Brian; Hine, Adrian; Lyal, Chris. "The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex)". Natural History Museum, London. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies (2nd ed.). Mumbai, India: Bombay Natural History Society.
Haribal, Meena (1992). The Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and Their Natural History. Gangtok, Sikkim, India: Sikkim Nature Conservation Foundation.
"Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera".
Wynter-Blyth, Mark Alexander (1957). Butterflies of the Indian Region. Bombay, India: Bombay Natural History Society. ISBN 978-8170192329.

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