Cigaritis acamas

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Cigaritis acamas resting on Echinops adenocaulos, Mount Carmel, Israel.


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: Theclinae
Tribus: Aphnaeini
Genus: Cigaritis
Species: Cigaritis acamas
Subspecies: (9) [per Savela, M.]
C. a. acamas – C. a. bellatrix – C. a. chitralensis – C. a. cypriaca – C. a. divisa – C. a. dueldueli – C. a. egyptiaca – C. a. hypargyros – C. a. obscurata


Cigaritis acamas Klug, [1834]).

Type locality: “Syria et Arabia felici”.

Lectotype: ♀ lectotype designated by Larsen, 1983: 377; see Nekrutenko, 2000: 198.


  • Lycaena acamas Klug, [1834]: (140) pl. 40. figs 7-9.
  • Zeritis acanms (Klug); Westwood, [1852]: 501.
  • Cigarites acamas [sic] (Klug); Lederer, 1857: 27, (part).
  • Aphnaeus acamas (Klug); Hewitson, [1869]: 62; Kirby, [1871]: 404.
  • Apharitis acamas (Klug); Ackery et al., 1995; D'Abrera, 2009: 702.
  • Cigaritis acamas (Klug); Heath et al., 2002; Williams, 2008; Savela, consulted 10.iii.2015.


  • D'Abrera, B., 2009. Butterflies of the Afrotropical Region, new and revised edition, Part 3, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae. Hill House, Melbourne, London. 260pp. reference page 
  • Ackery, P.R., Smith, C.R., Vane-Wright, R.I., 1995. Carcasson's African Butterflies: An annotated Catalogue of the Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea of the Afrotropical Region. British Museum (Natural History), London: i-xi, 1-803. reference page 
  • Heath, A., Newport, M.A., & Hancock, D., 2002. The butterflies of Zambia. African Butterfly Research Institute and The Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa. i-xvii, 1-137. reference page 
  • Hewitson, W. C., 1863-1878. Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae. London, van Vorst, x + 229 pp, 107 pls. BHL Text Plates. reference page 
  • Kirby, W. F., 1871. A synonymic catalogue of the diurnal lepidoptera. Van Voorst, London, 8vo, 690pp. BHL. ibid. 1877 Supplement. BHL. reference page 
  • Klug, J. C. F., 1829-1845. Insects. In Ehrenberg, C. G., Symbolae physicae et descriptiones insectorum… Hemprich et Ehrenberg, Berlin, unpaginated letterpress, 50 pls. reference page 
  • Lederer, J., 1857. Ueber die Lycaeinden-Gattungen der europäischen Fauna . Wiener entomologische Monatschrift 1: 25-32. BHL. reference page 
  • Nekrutenko, Y., 2000. A catalogue of the type specimens of Palaearctic Riodinidae and Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera) deposited in the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Nota lepidopterologica 23 (3/4): 192-352. BHL. reference page 
  • Westwood, J. O., [1851]. In Doubleday, E. & Westwood, J. O. 1850-1852, The genera of diurnal Lepidoptera, 2. pp. 251-534, pls. 31-80 + suppl. pl. London. text plates. reference page 


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