Polyura moori sandakanus  (Fruhstorfer,1895)

Polyura moori sandakanus ♂ Up. Polyura moori sandakanus ♂ Un.
♂, Dong Nai, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito)

ON : Charaxes sandakanus Fruhstorfer,1895
OD : Ent. Nachr. 21:197.
TL : "Sandakan, Nord Borneo" [Assam: India]. (NHML)
Distribution : N.India to Myanmar, Vietnam.

● ssp.sandakanus
Polyura moori sandakanus map


Eulepis moori sandakanus f.marginalis Rothschiled,1899 : Novit. zool. 6:242-243. TL. Naga Hills.

Type Materials Information

sandakana :
Holotype ♂, "Nord Borneo" [Assam : India] designated by R.L.Smiles,1975. (NHML)
f.marginalis :
Holotype ♂, Naga Hills. designated by R.L.Smiles,1975. (NHML)
Paratypes 2♂, Naga Hills. designated by R.L.Smiles,1975. (NHML)

Records taken from Literature

Eriboea moori f.sandakanus ; Dubois & Vitalis de Salvaza,1924 : 46. (Tonkin)
Eriboea moori f.marginalis ; Dubois & Vitalis de Salvaza,1924 : 46. (Tonkin)
Eriboea moori sandakanus f.hib.sandakanus ; Metaye,1957 : 99. (N)
Eriboea moori sandakanus f.aest.marginalis ; Metaye,1957 : 99. (N)
Polyura moori sandakanus ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 42. (N / S)
Polyura moori sandakanus ; Monastyrskii,2019 : 4(1):88-89, pl.13, figs.3a♂,3b♂(Un). (S: Cat Tien)

Specimens Examined

Dong Nai : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is uncommon in montane forest at low elevation.
It is likely to be distributed in other parts of Indochina. It may be overlooked because it is thought to be similar species that of athamas or arja etc. Further distributional research is needed.


Fruhstorfer, H.,1895 : Neue Rhopaloceren aus dem malayischen Archipel.
Ent. Nachr. 21:168-171, 196-197.

Rothschild, L.W. & Jordan, K.,1899 : A monograph of Charaxes and the allied Prionopterous genera. Part 2.
Novit. zool. 6:220-286, pl.7.

Smiles, R.L.,1982 : The taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Polyura Billberg (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)
Bull. Brit. Mus. Ent. (Nat. Hist.) 44(3):115-237. London.

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