Appias paulina distanti  (Moore, 1905)

Appias paulina distanti ♂ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♂ Un. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Satun, Thailand.
Appias paulina distanti ♂ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♂ Un. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Satun, Thailand.
Appias paulina distanti ♂ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♂ Un. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Up. Appias paulina distanti ♀ Un.
♂ (dsf), Satun, Thailand. ♀, Satun, Thailand.

ON : Catophanga distanti Moore, 1905
OD : Lep. Ind. 7:14.
TL : Malay Peninsula.
Distribution : P.Thailand (Ranong and Southward),
Langkawi, W.Malaysia, Singapore.
● ssp.adamsoni
ssp.griseoides
ssp.distanti
Appias paulina distanti map

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Appias melania distanti ; Pendlebury,1923 : 26. (Nakhon Sri Thammarat: Khao Ram)
Appias melania distanti ; Godfrey,1930 : 227. (Padang Besar)
Appias melania distanti ; Godfrey,1932a : 265. (P)
Appias paulina distanti ; Pinratana,1983 : 18, pl.14, figs.30b♂,♀. (Nakhon Sri Thammarat; Trang; Yala; Narathiwat)
Appias paulina distanti ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 152, pl.48, figs.Pi32b♂,♂(Un). (Yala: Than To)
Appias paulina distanti ; Les Day,2011-2022 : Samui Butterflies, fig.♂(Un). (Koh Samui) (accessed: 2022.09.20)
Appias paulina distanti ; Kimura et al.,2011 : 157, figs.♂,♂(Un) ; 158, figs.♂,♂(Un),♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Khlong Naka; Ka Chong; Tarutao Is; Than To WF.)
Appias paulina distanti ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 152, pl.48, figs.Pi32b♂,♂(Un). (Than To)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Satun (Koh Tarutao) : 3♂ 7♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 3♂ 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is locally common in secondary and montane forest at low elevations (Alt. 10 - 350m). Both sexes visit flowers, and males frequently come to the banks of streams and puddles to suck water.
This taxon is highly variable with individual and seasonal variation, and females are polymorphic. The differences between ssp.adamsoni and ssp.distanti are not so notable, and considering the range of variation between the two subspecies, these are likely to be indistinguishable as D'Abrera,1982 and Kimura et al.,2014 pointed out. I tentatively followed the conventional classification here, but further taxonomic study is needed.


Literature

Moore, F.,1905-1907 : Lepidoptera Indica. vol.VII. Rhopalocera, Family Papilionidae, Sub-family Pierinae (continued). 1-182.
L.Reeve & Co., London.

D'Abrera, B.,1982 : Butterflies of the Oriental Region Part 1 Papilionidae, Pieridae & Danaidae
xxi + 244pp, Hill House, Australia.

Yata, O., Chainey, J.E. & Vane-Wright, R.I.,2010 :
The Golden and Mariana albatrosses, new species of pierid butterflies, with a review of subgenus Appias (Catophaga) (Lepidoptera)
Syst. Entomol. 35(4):764-800.


Appias paulina distanti ♂ Appias paulina distanti ♀
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Yala, Thailand.

1996.10.31 - 2022.09.30.

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