Papilio noblei de Nicéville, [1889] - Tooth Swallowtail

Subspecies in India

No subspecies are listed under this species, although several synonyms exist.

Taxonomic Information

This species belongs to the subgenus Araminta of Papilio, including its sole Indian relative Papilio liomedon – Malabar Banded Swallowtail, and other Banded Swallowtails in Myanmar, Indo-China and SE Asia: Papilio antonio Hewitson, 1875, Papilio demolion Cramer, [1776], and Papilio gigon C. & R. Felder, [1865] (Joshi and Kunte, 2022).

The English name of this species is coined after the small tooth-like creamy white mark on its forewing, which distinguishes it from its relatives.

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

This species is historically known from Myanmar and Indo-China. It has only since 2020 beginning to appear in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh, with several sightings reported by now. It is thus a recent addition to the butterfly fauna of Arunachal Pradesh and India.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh11
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
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total11

Page citation

Kasambe, R., and K. Kunte. 2024. Papilio noblei de Nicéville, [1889] – Tooth Swallowtail. 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/Papilio-noblei, accessed 2024/04/23.