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Teinopalpus imperialis imperatrix de Niceville, 1899

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Teinopalpus imperatrix de Niceville, 1899: 335
Type locality: Burma, Upper Tenasserim, Taungoo Hills (now: Myanmar, Toungoo Hills)
Type: Holotype : Burma, Upper Tenasserim, Taungoo Hills, in coll. Rothschild (now BMNH)

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Papilio behludinii Pen, 1937: 157. Type locality: China, Sichuan. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis bhumipoli Nakano & Sukkit, 1985: Type locality: Thailand, Chiang Mai. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis gillesi Turlin, 1991: 4. Type locality: 20 km SW of Xam Neua, Laos. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis gerritesi Nakano, 1995: 6. Type locality: north-eastern Thailand, Nan. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis miecoae Morita, 1997: 11-14. Type locality: Myanmar, Northern Kachin State. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis hakkaorum Schäffler, 2004: 8. Type locality: China, Guangdong, Lianhua Shan. Junior subjective synonym.
Teinopalpus imperialis colettei Collard & Dion, 2007: 42-46. Type locality: Laos, Province de Phongsaly, District de Gnoi-Ou, Mt. Nam Kha. Junior subjective synonym.


Plate BB from original description      
Picture from: de Niceville 1899
Detailed view

Description of adults: Wing expanse: 111 - 145 mm ((Bingham 1907). In general appearance close to Teinopalpus imperialis imperialis Hope, 1843. Differences see under diagnosis.


The subspecies is locally distributed from Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand to southern China (Kurz & Kurz 2011).


". Differs from T. imperialis, Hope ..... in the following particulars: Upperside: fore wing darker green, the black ground-colour showing through the green scales more prominently. Hind wing with the rich chrome-yellow discal fascia with its inner edge not encroaching on the discoidal cell instead of reaching well into it, that portion of the fascia in the second subcostal interspace considerably longer; all the tooth-like projections on the outer margin much longer, especially those at the terminations of the 2nd subcostal and 1st median nervules. Underside: fore wing with the five black fasciae crossing the wing much broader, especially the middle one. Hind wing with the discal yellow fascia broader. - . Considerably larger than that sex of T. imperialis. Upperside: both wings much darker, all the black coloration more prominent. Hind wing has the pale violet black-irrorated discal area of T. imperialis almost entirely replaced by a black suffused area, the black line closing the cell entirely obliterated; the chrome-yellow subanal area at least twice as broad, the outer discal lunulated black fascia consequently placed much nearer to the outer margin; all the tails very much longer. Underside: both wings with much the same differences as on the upperside." (Bingham 1907).

Worth knowing:


Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies - Vol. II. Taylor & Francis, London, 480 pp., 20 pl.
de Niceville 1899: Notes on some Butterflies from Tenasserim in Burma. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 12: 335, pl. BB.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2011. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 20 Mai 2011].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.05.20
not reviewed