Arhopala phanda phanda  Corbet, 1941

Arhopala phanda phanda ♂ Up. Arhopala phanda phanda ♂ Un. Arhopala phanda phanda ♂ Up. Arhopala phanda phanda ♂ Un.
♂, Trang, Thailand. ♂, Ranong, Thailand.

ON : Arhopala phaenops phanda Corbet, 1941
OD : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):161.
TL : Malaya. (♂, NHML)

Distribution : P.Thailand (Ranong and Southward),
W.Malaysia, {Singapore}. [? Vietnam]
Arhopala phanda phanda map

Records taken from Literature

Arhopala phanda phanda ; Pinratana,1981 : 88, pl.14, fig.13,♂(Un). ('Chanthaburi'; Ranong; Yala)
Arhopala phanda phanda ; Seki,1986 : 14, figs.24,♂,25,♂(Un). (Ranong)
'Arhopala ariana ariana ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 618, pl.280, figs.L230a♀,♀(Un). (Chanthaburi; Ranong)'
Arhopala phanda phanda ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 626, pl.284, figs.L244,♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Arhopala normani ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 626, pl.284, figs.L246,♂,♂(Un). (in part)
'Arhopala ariana ariana ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 652, pl.296, figs.L255,♀(right),♀(right,Un). (in part)'
Arhopala phanda phanda ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 660, pl.300, figs.L268,♂,♂(Un). (Trang)
Arhopala normani ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 660, pl.300, figs.L270,♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Arhopala phanda phanda ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 71, figs.♂,♂(Un),'♀,♀(Un) [Probably not phanda]'. (Khlong Naka; Kao Luang; Ka Chong; Tarutao Is; Thaleban; Than To WF.)

'Arhopala phanda phanda ; Miyazaki et al.,2010 : 28, fig.L-177,♀. (Dong Nai: Thac Mai)'
'Arhopala phanda phanda ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 60. (S: Dong Nai)'

Specimens Examined

Ranong : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Trang : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is uncommon in montane forests at low elevations (Alt. 30m - 400m).
The records from the continental area are somewhat doubtful and should be reconfirmed. Further distributional research is needed.

Identification of the Arhopala alea subgroup within the Arhopala cleander group is extremely difficult, even by examination of specimens. It is essential to identify both the upper and under surfaces of the wings from the specimen. Although there are many field photos, most are either misidentified or unidentifiable and therefore cannot be used as records. A review of all species in this group by molecular analysis is required.


Corbet, A.S.,1941 : A key to the Indo-Malayan species of Arhopala Boisduval (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):149-183, figs.1-114.

Eliot, J.N.,1972 : Some Arhopala from Borneo, with a revision of the Arhopala cleander group
J. nat. Hist. 6:1-15.

Seki, Y.,1989 : A note on the alea subgroup (Arhopala cleander group) with a description of new subspecies.
The Nature and Insects 24(6):10-14.

1999.07.18 - 2023.09.30.

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