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Species Tagiades japetus (Stoll, 1781)

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Extra Distribution Information

Extralimital distribution—Indonesia (Aru Islands, Irian Jaya, Maluku), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Oriental Region.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


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

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Dioscorea transversa R.Br. [DIOSCOREACEAE]).


Details of nominate subspecies, not present in Australia

Tagiades japetus japetus (Stoll, 1781)

Papilio japetus Stoll, C. in Cramer, P. 1781. Uitlandsche Kapellen. [Dutch title] or Papilions exotiques des trois parties du monde l'Asie, l'Afrique et l'Amérique. [French title]. Vol. 4(29–31). Amsterdam Baalde and Utrecht : Wild. pp. 91–164 pls 337–372 [issued 1781, dated 1775-1790] [issued 1781, dated 1775–1790, see International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 1958. Opinion 516. Determination under the plenary powers of the relative precedence to be assigned to certain works on the Order Lepidoptera (Class Insecta) published in 1775 by Pieter Cramer, Michael Denis & Ignaz Schiffermüller, Johann Christian Fabricius, Johann Casper Fuessly, and S.A. von Rottemburg respectively. Opinions and Declarations rendered by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 19: 1–44 (43)].
Type data: type status and whereabouts unknown *; Stoll in the original description did not indicate the number of specimens described; Evans, W.H. 1949. A Catalogue of the Hesperiidae from Europe, Asia and Australia in the British Museum (Natural History). London : British Museum xix 502 pp. 53 pls [139] (gave type specimen information); Parsons, M.J. 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea; their systematics and biology. San Diego : Academic Press 736 pp. [139] (referred to a holotype but knew of no specimen).
Type locality: Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia (as l'Isle d'Amboine in original description).


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)
20-Nov-2015 HESPERIIDAE 20-Nov-2015 MODIFIED Lyn Randall
05-Mar-2013 10-Nov-2015 MODIFIED
05-Apr-2011 05-Apr-2011 MOVED
05-Mar-2013 20-Nov-2015 MODIFIED
20-Nov-2015 MODIFIED