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Pseudopontia paradoxa (Felder & Felder, 1869)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Globiceps Paradoxa Felder & Felder, 1869: 31.
Type locality: Nigeria, Calabar
Type: Holotype : Nigeria, Calabar, no date (Felder), "BMNH # 135705", "paradoxa n.", "OldCalabar", "Felder Colln."; in coll. NHM, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Pseudopontia calabarica Plötz, 1870. Type locality: Nigeria, Old Calabar, Guinea. Junior subjective synonym of Globiceps paradoxa Felder & Felder, 1869.


The species is distributed in Cameroon, Cote d´Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, west-central Gabon (Waka National Park), western Ghana, Nigeria (Mitter et al. 2011) and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Furthermore it is recorded for Angola (Williams 2019). The records for the Democratic Republic of Kongo however, most probably belong to P. mabira, whereas those for the Central African Republic and Angola might als belong to P. australis. Vertically, the species is mostly found from sea-level to about 450 m, exceptionally also up to about 850 m a.s.l. (Kurz & Kurz 2019).


The species inhabits wet forests (Mitter et al. 2011). The flight is very weak, but sustained, the animals occasionally settling on flowers (Williams 2019). The flight period is documented nearly throughout the year, with a maximum from November till March and almost missing records during the summer (Kurz & Kurz 2019).

Worth knowing:


Felder, C. & R. Felder 1869. [no title]. Petites Nouvelles Entomologiques 1: 30-31.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2019. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. URL: https://nkis.info [online 2019.08.08].
Mitter, K. T. et al. 2011. The butterfly subfamily Pseudopontiinae is not monobasic: marked genetic diversity and morphology reveal three new species of Pseudopontia (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Systematic Entomology 36: 139-163.
Williams, M. C. 2019. Afrotropical Butterflies: Genus Pseudopontia Plötz, 1870. URL: http://metamorphosis.org.za/articlesPDF/1043/118%20Genus%20Pseudopontia%20Plotz.pdf [online: 2019.08.08].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2019.08.08
not reviewed