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Lycaena phlaeas shima Gabriel, 1954

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Lycaena shima Gabriel, 1954: 388.
Type locality: Yemen: “Jebel Masnab, s.w. of Ma´bar, c. 8400 ft.”.
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


The subspecies shima is distributed in Yemen and SW Arabia (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001) and has recently also been found in the United Arab Emirates (Feulner 2002).


On the upperside of the hindwing, the submaginal orange band is very broad, on the underside the colouration is bright orange without black dots (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).

Worth knowing:


Bozano, G. C. & Z. Weidenhoffer 2001. Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Lycaenidae I, Subfamily Lycaeninae. Omnesa Artes, Milano, 62 pp.
Feulner, G.R. 2002. Two new butterfly sightings from the Musandam region. Tribulus 12 (1): 30.
Gabriel, A.G. 1954. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera. British Museum (Natural History) expedition to south-west Arabia 1937-8 1: 351-391.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.09.19
Kurz Michael: 2016.09.20
not reviewed