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Eurytides salvini (Bates, 1864)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Papilio salvini Bates, 1864: 4-5.
Type locality: Guatemala, Forests of N. Verapaz.
Type: Holotype : Guatemala, Forests of N. Verapaz, leg. F.D.G & O.S., in coll. NHM, London ?

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Papilio eacus Hewitson, 1865: pl. 8. fig. 23

Salvin´s Kite-swallowtail


Picture from: Seitz 1924
Detailed view

Description of adults: ". Body as in P. callias and P. dolicaon. Antenna tawny. Cell of forewing long, as in P. columbus Kollar (1850, non Hewitson 1851) and orabilis; the same kind of pattern, but the black cell-bar narrow, not extending beyond cell, at right angles to costal edge, greenish white discal band much wider and longer than in P. callias and orabilis. Black distal marginal border of hindwing narrower than in the allied species; yellowish white admarginal lunules R2—M3 regularly curved, not interrupted in middle. Scales of upper layer of fore- and hindwing (except costal area of the latter) narrow. Underside glossy, excepting posterior area of forewing, where the scales are entire and have an opaque appearance. Forewing: brown discocellular band continued to M2 or beyond, remaining separate from the narrow brown distal border, the interspace having become white (secondarily). Hindwing: brown discal band from costal margin nearly straight to red anal spots, corresponding to the costal portion of the forked band of P. callias and the inner arm of the fork, the outer arm of the fork being indicated in P. salvini by a slight projection from the band before R2; brown distal border about as broad as the discal band." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).


Following Häuser et al. (2005) and Bates (1864), the species is distributed in central America, in southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.


Neuration : "SC1 and SC2 of forewing confluent with C, the tip of C curving towards SC2." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).

Genitalia. "A broad denticulate ventral process on clasper; central ridge of harpe narrowed apicad, without a row of teeth transversely across the lobe; ventral proximal edge of harpe not produced basad." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).

Worth knowing:


Bates, W. 1864. New species of butterflies from Guatemala and Panama, collected by Osbert Salvin and F. du Cane Godman ESQS [part I]. The Entomologist´s monthly magazine 1: 1-6.
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 29 August 2012].
Rothschild, W. & K. Jordan 1906. A Revision of the American Papilios. Novitates Zoologicae XIII: 411-752, pl. IV-IX.
Seitz, A. 1924. The Macrolepidoptera of the World. 5. Volume: The American Rhopalocera. Verlag Alfred Kernen. Stuttgart, 1139 pp., 203 pl.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2012.09.30
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.27
not reviewed