Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Candalides absimilis (C. Felder, 1862)

Common Pencilled-blue, Pencilled Blue



Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Australian Endemic.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


ACT, NSW, Qld, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders (FLI), Gulf Plains (GUP), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), NSW North Coast (NNC), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Australian Capital Territory
    • New South Wales: SE coastal
    • Queensland: N Gulf, NE coastal
    • Victoria: SE coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Koelreuteria elegans (Seem.) A.C.Sm. [SAPINDACEAE]; Alectryon coriaceus (Benth.) Radlk. [SAPINDACEAE] Beach Alectryon; Atalaya salicifolia (A.DC.) Blume [SAPINDACEAE] Brush Whitewood; Cupaniopsis anacardioides (A.Rich.) Radlk. [SAPINDACEAE] Beach Tamarind; Harpullia hillii F.Muell. [SAPINDACEAE]; Castanospermum australe Hook. [FABACEAE]; Erythrina sp. [FABACEAE]; Millettia megasperma (F.Muell.) Benth. [FABACEAE] Native Wisteria; Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre [FABACEAE] Pongamia Tree; Flagellaria indica L. [FLAGELLARIACEAE]; Wisteria chinensis Siebold [FABACEAE]; Robinia pseudoacacia L. [FABACEAE]; Macadamia integrifolia Maiden & Betche [PROTEACEAE]; Brachychiton acerifolius Macarthur & C.Moore [STERCULIACEAE]; Brachychiton populneus (Schott & Endl.) R.Br. [MALVACEAE] Kurrajong; Cassia fistula L. [CAESALPINIACEAE]).

Extra Ecological Information

Introduced plants include Cassia fistula (Caesalpiniaceae), Robinia pseudoacacia, Wisteria sinensis (Fabaceae), Koelreuteria elegans (Sapindaceae).


General References

Braby, M.F. 2008. Taxonomic review of Candalides absimilis (C. Felder, 1862) and C. margarita (Semper, 1879) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with descriptions of two new subspecies. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 24: 33-54 (new subspecies)

Common, I.F.B. & Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson xiv 682 pp. 49 pls. [530]

Dunn, K.L. & Dunn, L.E. 1991. Review of Australian Butterflies: distribution, life history and taxonomy. Family Lycaenidae. Melbourne : K. & L. Dunn Vol. 3 336-512 pp. [390]

Scott, A.W. 1890. Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations by the Late Alexander Walker Scott; With Illustrations Drawn from Life by His Daughters, Harriet Morgan and Helena Forde. Edited and Revised by Arthur Sidney Olliff and Helena Forde. Sydney : Australian Museum Vol. 2(1) pp. 1-11. [9]

Smales, M. & Ledward, C.P. 1943. Notes on the life histories of some lycaenid butterflies. Part II. (With notes on some skippers). Queensland Naturalist 12(3): 47-52 [48] (biology)

Tindale, N.B. 1965. A new species of Holochila (Rhopalocera, Family Lycaenidae) from Victoria and southern New South Wales. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 15(1): 165-174 [Date published 6 October 1965] [170]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1903. Notes on Australian Rhopalocera: Lycaenidae. Part III—Revisional. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 28(1): 132-275, pls 1-3 [178]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1942. Notes on Australian butterflies in the Australian Museum. No. 2. Records of the Australian Museum 21(2): 122-125 [122]

Waterhouse, G.A. & Lyell, G. 1914. The Butterflies of Australia: a monograph of the Australian Rhopalocera introducing a complete scheme of structural classification, and giving descriptions and illustrations of all the butterflies found in Australia, including a number now recorded for the first time. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 239 pp. 38 pls + 3 unnumbered colour pls. [Date published 25 July 1914] [79]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
06-Feb-2014 LYCAENIDAE 06-Feb-2014 MODIFIED Dr Federica Turco (QM)
05-Mar-2013 29-Jan-2014 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2012 06-Feb-2014 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 06-Feb-2014 MODIFIED
06-Feb-2014 MODIFIED