Arhopala aroa aroa  (Hewitsoni, [1863])

Arhopala aroa aroa ♂ Up. Arhopala aroa aroa ♂ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Amblypodia aroa Hewitson, [1863]
OD : Ill. diurn. Lep. Lycaenidae (1):13, pl.2, fig.12,♂(Un).
TL : Sumatra. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : P.Thailand (Yala), W.Malaysia, Sumatra.
● ssp.esava
Arhopala aroa aroa map


Arhopala aroa arops Corbet, 1941 : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):160. TL. Malaya.

Records taken from Literature

'Arhopala aroa aroa ; Pinratana,1981 : 90. not fig. (list only)'
Arhopala normani ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 72, figs.♂,♂(Un). (Than To WF.) (in part)

Specimens Examined

Yala : 2♂.
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The population from Yala is considered to be the nominotypical subspecies. The butterfly is uncommon in montane forests at low elevations (Alt. 300m). Further taxonomic and distributional studies are 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.


Hewitson, W.C.,1863-1878 : Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae.
London, van Vorst. x+229pp. and 14a-14h, Suppl. 1-47; pls. (108, numbered;)
1-85, 88-92, 3a,3b,3c, Suppl.I-VII, Ia, Ib, IIIa, IIIb, IVa, Va, Vb. In 8 parts.

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.

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