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Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Pseudalmenus chlorinda (Blanchard, 1848)

Silky Hairstreak



Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania, 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, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Flinders (FLI), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Australian Capital Territory
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: attendant ants, herbivore (associated flora: Acacia decurrens Willd. [FABACEAE] Black Wattle; Acacia mearnsii De Wild. [FABACEAE] Black Wattle; Acacia melanoxylon R.Br. [FABACEAE] Blackwood; Acacia obtusifolia A.Cunn. [FABACEAE] Blunt leaf Wattle; Acacia trachyphloia Tind. [FABACEAE] Bodalla Wattle; Acacia elata Benth. [FABACEAE] Mountain Cedar Wattle; Acacia dealbata Link [FABACEAE] Silver Wattle; Acacia terminalis (Salisb.) J.F.Macbr. [FABACEAE] Sunshine Wattle; Acacia pravissima Benth. [FABACEAE] Wedge-leaved Wattle).

Extra Ecological Information

Larvae are attended by the ant Anonychomyrma biconvexa (Santschi), occurs in eucalypt tall-open forest, open-forest and subalpine woodland where the larval food plant grows and where colonies of the attendant ant are established.


General References

Couchman, L.E. 1948. Notes on the Lepidoptera Rhopalocera of Tasmania. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston 2(2): 93-96 [95] (discussed history of names)

Couchman, L.E. 1962. Notes on some Tasmanian and Australian Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 96: 73-81 pl. 1 [76] (discussed origin of type material)

Couchman, L.E. 1965. Notes on some Tasmanian and Australian Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera. II. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 99: 81-85 pl. 1 figs 1-10 [82] (discussed Tasmanian populations)

Hill, W.H.F. 1896. Some notes on the life-history of Ialmenus myrsilus Dbl. Victorian Naturalist 12: 135-136 [135] (biology)

Prince, G.B. 1988. The Conservation Status of the Hairstreak Butterfly Pseudalmenus chlorinda Blanchard in Tasmania. A Report to the Department of Lands, Parks and Wildlife, Tasmania. 1-46 pp. [1] (conservation in Tasmania)

Prince, G.B. 1993. The Australian Hairstreak, Pseudalmenus chlorinda (Blanchard). pp. 171-172 in New, T.R. (ed.). Conservation Biology of Lycaenidae (Butterflies). Switzerland : Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 8 173 pp. [171] (conservation)

Tindale, N.B. 1953. New Rhopalocera, and a list of species from the Grampian Mountains, western Victoria. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 11(1): 43-68 pls 18-21 [52]

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 [260] (as myrsilus Westwood)

Waterhouse, G.A. 1913. Notes on Australian Lycaenidae. Part V. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 37(4): 698-702 [701]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1928. Notes on Australian Lycaenidae. Part VI. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 53: 401-412, pl. 25 [410] (discussed the history and the confusion over the naming of the species)


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