Flos abseus ophiala  (Corbet, 1941)

Flos abseus ophiala ♂ Up. Flos abseus ophiala ♂ Un. Flos abseus ophiala ♀ Up. Flos abseus ophiala ♀ Un.
♂, Ranong, Thailand. ♀, Ranong, Thailand.
Flos abseus ophiala ♂ Up. Flos abseus ophiala ♂ Un. Flos abseus ophiala ♀ Up. Flos abseus ophiala ♀ Un.
♂, Yala (Than To Dist.), Thailand. ♀, Yala (Than To Dist.), Thailand.

ON : Arhopala abseus ophiala Corbet, 1941
OD : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):168.
TL : Karens. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : S.Myanmar, P.Thailand.
● ssp.indicus
transition zone of indicus and ophiala
Flos abseus ophiala map

Records taken from Literature

Naratura abseus ophiala ; Evans,1957 : 99. (Siam)
Arhopala abseus abseus ; Pinratana,1981 : 103, not fig. (Yala; Satun: Ko Tarutao)
Arhopala abseus ophiala ; Pinratana,1981 : 103, pl.17, figs.14,♂,15,♂(Un). (Ranong; Trang; Yala) (in part)
Arhopala abseus ophiala ; Seki,1986 : 18. (Ranong)
Arhopala abseus ophiala ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 648, pl.295, figs.L285b♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Arhopala abseus abseus ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 648, pl.295, figs.L285c♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Yala)
Arhopala abseus ophiala ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 684, pl.312, figs.L309b♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Arhopala abseus abseus ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 684, pl.312, figs.L309c♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Yala)
Flos abseus ophiala ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 84. (by literature)
Flos abseus abseus ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 84, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Ranong Hot Spring; Kam Puan; Khlong Naka; Ka Chong; Tarutao Is; Thaleban; Than To WF.)

Specimens Examined

Ranong : 10♂ 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Phuket : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Nakhon Si Thammarat : 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala (Than To dist.) : 4♂ 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is locally common in montane forests at low to moderate elevations (Alt. 30 - 700m).
Both ssp.indicus and ssp.ophiala occur together in P.Thailand (Ranong to Nakhon Si Thammarat) as noted by Evans,1957. Further taxonomic and distributional studies, including DNA analysis, are needed.


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.

Evans, W.H.,1957 : A Revision of the Arhopala Group of Oriental Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera).
Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.) 5(3):85-141.

Seki, Y. & S. Sasaki,2010 :
Halimun Mountains, West Java (Indonesia) - Recent lepidopterological survey and new knowledge on Lycaenid butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae).
Butterflies (Teinopalpus) 56:15-25.

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