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Parnassius (Koramius) stoliczkanus Felder & Felder, 1864

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Parnassius stoliczkanus Felder & Felder, 1864: [118], pl. LXIX, fig. 2, 3.
Type locality: Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh
Type: Syntypes 1 , 1 : Dr Stoliczka, Ladak, Thibet. 12-15,000´. Felder Coll., in coll. NHM, London


original picture: pl. LXIX, fig. 2,3 P. stoliczkanus nicevillei : India, Kashmir, Ladakh, Potu-la (Pass) 4,400m, VIII 1937 Peschke Teschen P. stoliczkanus atkinsoni : India, Ladakh, Chalsi west Leh 4,800m, Juli  
Picture from: Felder & Felder 1864
Detailed view
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Robert Nash (CC-BY-2.5)
Detailed view
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Robert Nash (CC-BY-2.5)
Detailed view

Description of adults (Bingham 1907): Wingspan: 50 - 59 mm. "Race stoliczkanus Felder. . Upperside: dull white. Fore wing: base and costal margin irrorated with black scales; cell with the usual medial and apical short black transverse bars, the former not extended down to the median vein in typical specimens; discal and postdiscal dusky black sinuate bands, the former attenuated below vein 6, stops short of the dorsum, the latter extends right down to the dorsal margin; beyond these bands the terminal margin is more or less shaded with dusky black which at the tornus coalesces with the postdiscal band. Hind wing: dorsal margin broadly dusky black, this colour narrowed towards the tornus; a postdiscal black-encircled red spot in interspace 5; termen somewhat broadly dusky black, with a subterminal series of darker spots in the interspaces and the dorsal margin fringed with long white hairs. Cilia of both fore and hind wings white. Underside: like the upperside, the ground-colour with the glassy appearance common to all forms in the genus; markings similar, apparent however more by transparency from above than formed by actual scaling. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen black, the tufted hairs on the head in front fuscous; beneath: the palpi, thorax and abdomen clothed with fuscous hairs. . Upperside: the ground-colour differs from that of the in its duller somewhat yellowish tint; the markings are similar but on the hind wing the spots in the subterminal series are centred with blue, the postdiscal red spot is paler, often absent, while in some specimens there is a subtornal red spot. Underside: similar to that of the . In both sexes the basal red spots on the underside of the hind wing so general in the forms of this genus are usually, if not always, lacking. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the . Anal pouch in the fertilized as in race hunza, fig. 32 a, b."


The species occurs in the NW-Himalayas, in India, Nepal and Pakistan (Häuser et al. 2005). Bingham (1907) records it from a height of 16000 and 18000 feet, respectively (appr. 5000 - 5600 m a.s.l.), the syntypes have been caught between 12000 and 16000 feet (3700 - 5000 m a.s.l.).

Worth knowing:


Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies - Vol. II. Taylor & Francis, London, 480 pp., 20 pl.
Felder, C., R. Felder & A. Rogenhofer 1864. Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wüllerstorf-Urbair. Zoologischer Theil. 2. Band. Zweite Abteilung: Lepidoptera. Atlas, pl. 1-140. Verlag Kaiserlich-Königliche Hof- und Staatsdruckerei. In Commission bei Carl Gerolds´s Sohn, Wien.
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].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2013.02.08
Kurz Michael: 2019.02.14
not reviewed