Arhopala aroa esava  Corbet, 1941

Arhopala aroa esava ♀ Up. Arhopala aroa esava ♀ Un.
♀, Satun, Thailand.

ON : Arhopala aroa esava Corbet, 1941
OD : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):160.
TL : Mergui. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : S.Myanmar, P.Thailand (except Yala),
Langkawi, W.Malaysia (Kedah).
● ssp.esava
Arhopala aroa esava map

Records taken from Literature

'Amblypodia aroa ; Godfrey,1930 : 333. (Chonburi: Nong Yai Boo)'
Narathura aora esava ; Evans,1957 : 104. (P)
Arhopala aroa esava ; Pinratana,1981 : 89, pl.14, fig.16,♂(Un). ('Chanthaburi'; Ranong)
Arhopala aroa esava ; Seki,1986 : 16, figs.28,♂,29,♂(Un). (Ranong)
Arhopala aroa esava ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 626, pl.284, figs.L245a,♀,♀(Un). (in part)
Arhopala aroa esava ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 660, pl.300, figs.L269,♀,♀(Un). (in part)
Arhopala aroa esava ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 69, figs.♀,♀(Un). (Khlong Naka) (in part)

Specimens Examined

Satun : 1♀.
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The characters described for this taxon vary from author to author and are unclear. The specimen shown above is likely to be this taxon, but there is no proof. 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.


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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