Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Papilio (Princeps) ambrax Boisduval, 1832

Ambrax Swallowtail

Taxonomic Decision for Subspecies Arrangement

  • Rothschild, L.W. 1895. A revision of the Papilios of the eastern hemisphere, exclusive of Africa. Novitates Zoologicae 2(3): 167-463 pl. 6 [354]





Extra Distribution Information

Extralimital distribution—Indonesia (Aru Islands, Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea.

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)


Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), NSW North Coast (NNC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Queensland: NE coastal
  • Indonesia
    • Aru Islands
    • Irian Jaya
  • Papua New Guinea

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Limonia acidissima L. [RUTACEAE]; Citrus garrawayae F.M.Bailey [RUTACEAE]; Citrus inodorus F.M.Bailey [RUTACEAE]; Clausena brevistyla Oliv. [RUTACEAE]; Zanthoxylum brachyacanthum F.Muell. [RUTACEAE]; Zanthoxylum nitidum (Roxb.) DC. [RUTACEAE]; Zanthoxylum ovalifolium Wight [RUTACEAE]; Citrus sp. [RUTACEAE]; Murraya koenigii Spreng. [RUTACEAE]; Zanthoxylum ailanthoides Sieb. & Zacc. [RUTACEAE]).

Extra Ecological Information

Introduced plants include Citrus sp., Limonia acidissima, Murraya koenigii, Zanthoxylum ailanthoides (Rutaceae).


General References

Common, I.F.B. & Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson xiv 682 pp. 49 pls. [251]

Parsons, M.J. 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea; their systematics and biology. San Diego : Academic Press 736 pp. [263]

Rothschild, L.W. 1895. A revision of the Papilios of the eastern hemisphere, exclusive of Africa. Novitates Zoologicae 2(3): 167-463 pl. 6 [354]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1932. What Butterfly is That? A Guide to the Butterflies of Australia. Illustrated by Neville Cayley. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 291 pp. 34 pls. [Date published 15/Dec/1932] [34]

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] [161]


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)
05-Mar-2013 05-Mar-2013 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2012 11-Jan-2013 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 05-Mar-2013 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 05-Mar-2013 MODIFIED
05-Mar-2013 MODIFIED