Azanus isis

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Taxonavigation: Papilioniformes

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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
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: Polyommatinae
Tribus: Polyommatini
Genus: Azanus
Species: Azanus isis


Azanus isis (Drury, 1773).

Type Locality: Sierra Leone.

Holotype: Not located.


  • Papilio isis Drury, 1773: 5, pl 3, figs. 4,5.
  • Papilio caeruleoalbus Goeze, 1779: 212. Sierra Leone: “der Siera-leonische weissgeflekte Bläuling” [the Sierra Leone white-flecked little blue].
  • Papilio camillus Cramer, 1780 4(25): 20, pl. 300, figs A, B. Sierra Leone: “Siera Leona”.
  • Hesperia isarchus Fabricius, 1793: 316. “Habitat in America”. [False locality.]
  • Castalius isis (Drury); Lewis, 1974: pl. 121, f. 6.
  • Azanus isis (Drury); D'Abrera, 1980: 551; Williams.
  • Azanus (Azanisis) isis Kemal, 2004.


  • D'Abrera, B., 1980. Butterflies of the Afrotropical Region, Lansdowne Editions, Melbourne: xx, 593 pp.reference page 
  • Cramer, P., 1775-1780. De Uitlandsche Kapellen voorkomende in der drie Waereld-Deelen Asia, Afrika en America (etc). Amsterdam, Baalde & Utrecht, 4 vols (252 pp. 400 pls.) and Suppl. (184 pp. 42 pls.) 1, 2 txt, pls; 3 both, 4 txt, pls; Supplement [1]. reference page 
  • Drury, 1770-1782. Illustrations of Natural History London, White. Vol.l (1770): xxviii+130+[2]pp, 50+1 pls, 4 figs; Vol.2 (1773): vii+90pp, 50 pls; Vol.3 (1782): vii+76pp, 50 pls. Vol.1; Vol.2; Vol.3. reference page 
  • Fabricius, J.C., 1793: Entomologia Systematica emendata et aucta. Vol. 3(1): [vi], pp. 1-488. C. G. Proft, Hafniae. reference page 
  • Goeze, J.A.E., 1779. Entomologische Beytrage zu des Ritter Linne zwolften Ausgabe des Natursystems 3 (1) Insecta, Lepidoptera: 1-390. Weidmann, Erben und Reich, Leipzig. reference page 
  • Kemal, M., 2004. On the butterflies of the Soutpansberg Mountains (South Africa) (Lepidoptera). Centre for Entomological Studies Miscellaneous Papers 88-89: 1-13.
  • Lewis, H. L., 1974. Butterflies of the World xvi + 104pp., 208 pls. London.
  • Williams, M. C., 2008. Checklist of Afrotropical Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea. 7th Edn. (April 2007). Downloaded from Afrotropical Butterflies. reference page