Philiris sappheira

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Taxonavigation: Papilionoidea 

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
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Lycaenidae
Subfamilia: Theclinae
Tribus: Luciini
Genus: Philiris
Species: Philiris sappheira
Subspecies: (2)
P. s. manskiei – P. s. sappheira


Philiris sappheira Sands, 1980.

Type locality: Papua New Guinea.

Holotype: ♂ ANIC 3297: "Papua New Guinra, Rouna Falls, Central Prov. 28 June 1975, 550m, D. P. Sands".


  • Philiris nitens sappheira Sands, 1980: 82, figs 7-10; 1981: 499, 501; Parsons, 1998: 369, pl. 57, figs 1343-1344.
  • Philiris sappheira Sands; Ring & Olive, 1997: 65.


  • Parsons, M., 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea xvi+736pp., 136 pls. Academic Press, London, ISBN 0125455550 Reference page
  • Ring, L. R. & Olive, J. C., 1997. The specific status of Philiris sappheira Sands (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae), with descriptions of a new subspecies from Australia. Australian Entomologist 24 (2): 65–72.
  • Sands, D.P.A., 1980b. The identity of Philiris nitens (Grose-Smith) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with description of a new subspecies from Papua New Guinea. Aust. Ent. Mag. 6: 81-86. Reference page
  • Sands, D.P.A., 1981. The ecology, biogeography and systematics of the tribe Luciini. PhD thesis, University of Queensland, Australia. 2 vols: 1: 1-584 (text); 2: 1-168 (2pls & figs). (Unpublished). Reference page