Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2020-06-08
Page range: 281–290
Abstract views: 93
PDF downloaded: 1

Taxonomic notes on the jalaurida-subgroup of the genus Lethe (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae)

Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal-700053, India.
Chongqing Museum of Natural History, Beibei, Chongqing, 400700, China.
Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal-700053, India.
Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal-700053, India.
Lepidoptera Satyrini Lethina Zophoessa Tibet new species new status


In this paper, Lethe (Zophoessa) jalaurida (de Nicéville, 1881) and its relatives, viz. the jalaurida-subgroup (sura-group), are studied. A new species, L. giancbi Lang & Das sp. nov. which was identified as L. elwesi (Moore, 1892) by Lang & Bozano (2015) and Lang (2017), is described from SE Tibet, China. Lethe elwesi houjiangae Lang & Bozano, 2015 and L. jalaurida gelduba Fruhstorfer, 1911 are raised to specific status, viz. L. houjiangae stat. nov. and L. gelduba stat. nov. respectively. Lethe jalaurida plistia Fruhstorfer, 1911 is considered as an unnecessary replacement name of L. jalaurida gelduba. Lethe jalaurida nuolaensis Huang, 2001 is found to be a subspecies of L. gelduba stat. nov., viz. L. gelduba nuolaensis stat. nov.



  1. Bozano, G.C. (1999) Guide to the Butterflies of the Palearctic Region, Satyridae. Vol. 1. Subfamily Elymniinae, Tribe Lethini, Lasiommata, Pararge, Lopinga, Kirinia, Chonala, Tatinga, Rhaphicera, Ninguta, Neope, Lethe, Neorina. Omnes Artes, Milano, 58 pp.

    D’Abrera, B. (1985) Nymphalidae, Satyridae & Amathusidae. In: Butterflies of the Oriental Region. II. Hill House Publishers, Melbourne, 245–533.

    D’Abrera, B. (1990) Butterflies of the Holarctic Region. I. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Danaidae & Satyridae (Partim). Hill House Publishers, Melbourne, 185 pp.

    de Lesse, H. (1957) Révision du genre Lethe (S. L.) (Lep. Nymphalidae Satyrinae). Annales de la Sociétè entomologique de France, 125, 75–94.

    de Nicéville, L. (1880) Zophoessa jalaurida, de N. In: Marshall, G. & de Nicéville, L. Some new species of Rhopalocerous Lepidoptera from the Indian region. The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 49, 245.

    Elwes, H.J. (1888) A catalogue of the Lepidoptera of Sikkim. Part I. Rhopalocera. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1888, 269–465, pls. VIII–XI.

    Evans, W.H. (1912) A list of Indian butterflies. The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 21 (2), 553–584 + 969–1008.

    Fruhstorfer, H. (1911) Genus: Lethe Hbn. In: Seitz, A. (Ed.), The Macrolepidoptera of the World 9. Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart, pp. 311–324.

    Gaede, M. (1931) Satyridae I. In: Strand, E. (Ed.), Lepidopterorum Catalogus 43. Dr. W. Junk, Berlin, pp. 1–320.

    Hewitson, W.C. (1876) Notes on Mr. Atkinson’s collection of east Indian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species of Rhopalocera. The Entomologist’s monthly Magazine, 13, 149–152.

    Huang, H. (2001) Report of H. Huang’s 2000 expedition to SE. Tibet for Rhopalocera (Insecta, Lepidoptera). Neue Entomologische Nachrichten, 51, 65–151.

    Koiwaya, S. (2000) Description of a new species of Zophoessa (Satyridae) from North Kachin, Myanmar. Notes on Eurasian Insects, 3 (51), 71–72.

    Lang, S.Y. (2015) Notes on Lethe from China, with descriptions of two new subspecies (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Neue Entomologische Nachrichten, 70, 299–308.

    Lang, S.Y. (2016) Notes on some little known Lethe from Nujiang and Dulongjiang, NW Yunnan, China, with descriptions of a new subspecies (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Atalanta, 47 (1/2), 216–223.

    Lang, S.Y. (2017) The Nymphalidae of China (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera). Part II. Satyrinae (partim): Tribe Satyrini (partim): Subtribes Eritina, Ragadiina, Lethina, Parargina. Tshikolovets Publications, Pardubice, 200 pp., 16 + 9 + 15 pls.

    Lang, S.Y. (2019) Special Invited Lecture: An introduction of the genus Lethe Hübner from China (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). In: Annual Meeting 2019. The Butterfly Society of Japan, Tokyo, pp. 18–21.

    Lang, S.Y. & Bozano, G.C. (2015) Lethe elwesi (Moore) stat. rev., a distinct species, with description of a new subspecies from NW Yunnan, China (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Zootaxa, 4058 (1), 127–134.

    Marshall, G. & de Nicéville, L. (1882) The Butterflies of India, Burmah and Ceylon 1. The Calcutta Central Press Co., LD., Calcutta, 327 pp., 17 pls.

    Moore, F. (1890–1892) Lepidoptera Indica 1. Lovell Reeve & Co., Ltd., London, 317 pp., 94 pls.

    Seitz, A. (1907) Genus: Zophoëssa Doubl. In: Seitz, A. (Ed.), The Macrolepidoptera of the World 1. Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart, pp. 86–87.

    Talbot, G. (1947 [1949]) The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Butterflies 2. Taylor & Francis, Ltd., London, 486 pp., 2 pls.