Papilio nephelus sunatus  Corbet, 1940

Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Un. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂, Narathiwat, Thailand. (photo by A.M.Cotton)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Un. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up. Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Up.
♂, Yala, Thailand. (photo by A.M.Cotton) ♂, Hat Yai, Thailand. ♂, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Papilio nephelus sunatus Corbet, 1940
OD : Entomologist 73:39.
TL : 'Cote Malaye'
Distribution : P.Thailand (Hat Yai and Southward)
W.Malaysia.
● ssp.chaon
transition zone of chaon and annulus
ssp.annulus
transition zone of annulus and sunatus
Papilio nephelus sunatus map

Synonyms

Papilio saturnus Guerin-Meneville, 1840 : Revue Zool. 3(2):43. TL. 'Cote Malaye' (homonym)


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Papilio nephelus saturnus ; Godfrey,1930 : 212. (Thailand)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Pinratana,1977 : 33, figs.P24a♂,♂(Un). (P)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Pinratana & Eliot,1992 : 23,42, pl.31, fig.27c♂ ; pl.32, fig.27c♂(Un). (Yala; Naratiwat)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 80, pl.12, figs.P28c♂,♂(Un),♀. ('Ranong' [loc.err.])
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Ek-Amnuay et al.,2007 : 6. (Yala; Narathiwat)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Kimura et al.,2011 : 124, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Than To WF.)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 80, pl.12, figs.P26c♂,♂(Un),♀. (Yala; Narathiwat)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Hat Yai : 2♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 5♂ 1♀ (incl.photo & photo by S.Atdhabhan).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Narathiwat : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
The butterfly is locally not rare in montane forest at low elevations (alt.300m - 450m).
It is found in areas south of Hat Yai, P.Thailand. However, it occurs sympatrically with ssp.annulus in habitats. And individuals intermediate between the two are seen occasionally. It seems a transition zone between ssp.sunatus and ssp.annulus. Further taxonomic study is needed.
Literature

Guerin-Meneville, F.E.,1840 : Lepidopteres nouveaux decouverts aux Indes-Orientales par M. Adolphe Delessert.
Revue Zool. (Soc. Cuv.) 3(2):43-44.

Corbet, A.S.,1940 : Revisional notes on Malayan Rhopalocera.
Entomologist 73:39-43.


Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂ Papilio nephelus sunatus ♀
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Yala, Thailand. (photo by S.Atdhabhan)
Papilio nephelus sunatus ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand. (photo by S.Atdhabhan)

1996.10.02 - 2022.01.31.

A Check list of Butterflies in Indo-China, Chiefly from THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM. Copyright © 1996- Y.Inayoshi.