Heliophorus pseudonexus Eliot, 1963 - Modest Sapphire

Subspecies in India

No subspecies are listed under this species.

Taxonomic Information

This species is traditionally treated as a subspecies of Heliophorus ila (de Nicéville, 1896), as also originally described by Eliot. However, pseudonexus male genitalia are distinct from those of other ila-group species and subspecies, which were interpreted incorrectly by Eliot and subsequent followers. See further notes about subspecies and traditional taxonomy in Kunte et al. 2019, and follow further notes that will be provided here in due course.

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland1
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim2
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total121

Not known in India.

Kunte, K., D. N. Basu, and G. S. Girish Kumar. 2019. Taxonomy, Systematics, and Biology of Indian Butterflies in the 21st Century. Pp. 275–304, in Indian Insects: Diversity and Science, S. Ramani, P. Mohanraj and H. M. Yeshwanth (eds). Taylor & Francis, UK. pp. 472.

Page citation

Kunte, K. 2023. Heliophorus pseudonexus Eliot, 1963 – Modest Sapphire. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/Heliophorus-pseudonexus, accessed 2023/02/03.