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Iphiclides podalirinus (Oberthür, 1890)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Papilio podalirinus Oberthür, 1890: 37.
Type locality: Tsé-kou [=China, N Yunnan, Yanmen]
Type: Syntype: "Tsé-kou" [China, N Yunnan, Yanmen], R. P. Dubernard; in coll NHM, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


: without data      
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Mikaël Vareillas (CC-BY-SA-3.0), modified
Detailed view


The species is known from China: N Yunna, W Sichuan, SE Thibet only (Racheli & Cotton 2009).


The species is said to inhabit xerothermic biotopes. It is univoltine with imagines in May and June (Racheli & Cotton 2009).

Stages in development:

The early stages seem to be unknown.


genitalia. "valve elongate, pyriform ending with a pointed tooth; clasper small, with a chitinised elongated process" (Racheli & Cotoon 2009).


The species is distinctly more darkish suffused than the allopatric Iphiclides podalirius (Linné, 1758). The dark croos bands on the forewing upperside are wider than the light interspaces. The lunule above the anal eye-spot on the hindwing upperside is red instead of orange to yellow in I.podalirius. On the underside of the hindwing, the band between the two black discal croos bands is blood-red instead of orange to yellow. The red pigment is of type A, whereas in I. podalirius it is type B (Racheli & Cotton 2009).


No genetic data are availabla (Ratnasingham & Herbert 2019).

Worth knowing:


Oberthür, C. 1890.III Lépidopterès de Chine. Études d´entomologie: Faunes entomologiques; descriptions d´insectes nouveaux ou peu connus 13: 37-45, pl. IX.
Racheli, T. & A. M. Cotton in G. C. Bozano 2009. Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Papilionidae, part I: Subfamily Papilioninae, Tribes Leptocircini, Teinopalpini. OMNES ARTES s.a.s., Milano: 1-69.
Ratnasingham, S. & P. D. N. Hebert 2007-2019. BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System. URL: http://www.barcodinglife.org/ [online: 2019.09.11]

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2014.05.03
Kurz Michael: 2019.09.11
not reviewed