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Parnassius (Koramius) stenosemus Honrath, 1890

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Parnassius delphius var. stenosemus Honrath, 1890: 127.
Type locality: India, Ladakh
Type: Syntypes: Ladak, 1 , 1 in coll. NHM, London, 1 in coll. ZSM, Munich.

Habit:

   
Syntype : "ex speciminibus typicis"; "Ladak; E. Pfeiffer; München"; "stenosemus Honr.; co-type img src=../male.gif>; e coll. Deckert; coll. L. Sheljuszhko"; "Figuré par R. Verity; Rhopal. Palaearctica; Pl. XIX fig. 4"; "[red label]: Co-Type ; von stenosemus Honr.; E. Pfeiffer. München" Syntype underside: "ex speciminibus typicis"; "Ladak; E. Pfeiffer; München"; "stenosemus Honr.; co-type img src=../male.gif>; e coll. Deckert; coll. L. Sheljuszhko"; "Figuré par R. Verity; Rhopal. Palaearctica; Pl. XIX fig. 4"; "[red label]: Co-Type ; von stenosemus Honr.; E. Pfeiffer. München"    
Picture from: Global Butterfly Information System: ZSM, Munich
Detailed view
Picture from: Global Butterfly Information System: ZSM, Munich
Detailed view
   

Description of adults (Bingham 1907): Wingspan: 66 - 74 mm. ". Upperside: ground-colour as in stoliczkanus and hunza. The markings differ from those of stoliczkanus chiefly as follows: Upperside the discal transverse band on the fore wing more strongly sinuate, in most specimens bent inwards beneath the apex of the cell; both discal and postdiscal bands comparatively broader, more heavily marked; in no specimen that I have seen is there any broad diffuse band of dusky black scaling joining the two bands as in the Indian form of hunza. Hind wing: the red spot in interspace 5 placed more inwards, closer to the apex of the cell and more heavily encircled with black, sometimes the red is absent and the spot is entirely black; beyond this there is a comparatively broad postdiscal dark band on which is superposed a nearly complete series of black spots, the posterior four of which are centred with blue; this is followed by a very narrow band of the ground-colour, sometimes complete, more often indicated by white lunular more or less detached markings, and a narrow dusky-black terminal edging bounded by an anticiliary jetblack line. Unterside: glassy, more or lees like the upperside, the markings indicated more by transparency from above than by actual scaling. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen, and in the fertilized the anal pouch, as in the races stoliczlcanus, hunza, &c."

Distribution:

The species inhabist India and Pakistan (Häuser et al. 2005), especially the Ladakh region (Bingahm 1907), where it has been found at an altitude of 17000 feet (appr. 5300 m a.s.l.).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies - Vol. II. Taylor & Francis, London, 480 pp., 20 pl.
Häuser, C. L., J. Holstein & A. Steiner 2005. The Global Butterfly Information System. http://www.globis.insects-online.de. Last updated 14.04.2011 [online 15 January 2013].
Honrath, E. G. 1890. Diagnosen von zwei neuen Rhopaloceren. Entomologische Nachrichten XVI (8): 127.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2013.02.14
not reviewed

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