Aphnaeus asterius

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Taxonavigation: Papilioniformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
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
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Divisio: Ditrysia
Sectio: Cossina
Subsectio: Bombycina
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea
Series: Papilioniformes

Familia: Lycaenidae
Subfamilia: Theclinae
Tribus: Aphnaeini
Genus: Aphnaeus
Species: Aphnaeus asterius
Subspecies: (2)
A. a. argenteola – A. a. asterius


Aphnaeus asterius Plötz, 1880.

Type locality: Ghana.

Neotype: ♀ BMNH: Ghana, Dunkwa. Neallotype: ♂ FMNH: Ghana, Kibi, 25.x.1973 (Th. Maessen). Designated by Libert, 2013: 31.


  • Aphnaeus asterius Plötz, 1880: 201, ♀ nec ♂.
  • Aphnaeus chalybeatus Sharpe, 1890: 105. Sierra Leone. HT: ♂ BMNH. Synonymy in Williams, 2008.
  • Spindasis chalybeata [sic] Sharpe, 1890; Bethune-Baker, 1926: 398, ♀, Cameroon.
  • Aphnaeus asterius asterius Plötz; Libert, 2013: 31, pl. 2.


  • Bethune-Baker, G. T., 1926. Descriptions of new species of Rhopalocera from the Ethiopian Region. Annals and Magazine of Natural History' (9) 17: 384-402. reference page 
  • Libert, M., 2013. Révision du genre Aphnaeus Hübner (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae), 100pp, 13 pls. A.B.R.I., Nairobi, Kenya. reference page 
  • Plötz, C., 1880. Verzeichniss der vom Professor Dr. R. Buchholz in West-Afrika – vom 5.Gr. nordl. Bis. 3.Gr. sudl, Breite, auf dem Cameroons-Gebirge in unge fahrer hohe von 4000 Fuss und auf der Insel Fernando-Po, vom August 1872 bis November 1875 – gesammelten Schmetterlinge. Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 41: Heterocera 76-88 text; Rhopalocera 189-206 text. reference page 
  • Sharpe, E. 1890: On some new species of African Lycaenidae in the collection of Philip Crowley, Esq. Annals and magazine of natural history (6), 6(31): 103-106. BHL reference page 
  • Williams, M. C., 2008. Checklist of Afrotropical Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea. 7th Edn. (April 2007). Downloaded from Afrotropical Butterflies. reference page