Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758) – Tawny Coster
Subspecies in India:
No subspecies are listed under this species. There has been long-standing confusion among taxonomists as to whether the correct name for the Tawny Coster is Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758) or Acraea violae (Fabricius, 1775/1793). Several authors had pointed out that they had failed to locate the type of Papilio terpsicore Linnaeus, 1758, and that that name had been erroneously used for several species in Africa and Asia, so terpsicore Linnaeus, 1758 was not defined properly. As a result, these authors had concluded that Papilio violae Fabricius, 1775/1793 was probably the valid name. However, several key papers had clarified this issue, and shown that the type of terpsicore Linnaeus, 1758, collected from the Chennai area (erstwhile Madras) in SE India, existed in the collections of the Linnean Society of London and identified as such (le Doux 1922, 1928; Pierre and Bernaud 1997). Following this, until evidence is provided to the contrary, it appears that Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758) should be used as a valid name for this species.
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Saji, K., Y. Gurjar, P. Kale, T. P. Alaganantham, G. Jaikumar, and K. Kunte. 2020. Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758) – Tawny Coster. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.88. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.