Gomalia elma

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Marbled Skipper
African Marbled Skipper1 (UP).JPG
Upperside of Gomalia elma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Gomalia
Moore, 1879
Species: G. elma
Binomial name
Gomalia elma
(Trimen, 1862)


  • Tavetana Picard, 1949


  • Pyrgus elma Trimen, 1862
  • Gomalia albofasciata Moore, 1879
  • Tavetana jeanneli Picard, 1949

Gomalia Moore, 1879 is a monotypic genus of hesperiid butterfly.[1]Gomalia elma, commonly known as the Marbled Skipper, Green-Marbled Sandman or African Mallow Skipper, is found in Africa and parts of Asia.[2]


The wingspan is 26–31 mm for males and 29–36 mm for females.


In Africa, Gomalia elma is found in the Cape region, Orange Free State, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and other parts of Africa. In Asia, the butterfly ranges from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Baluchistan and India.[2]


Underside of Gomalia elma


  • Gomalia elma elma (Africa)
  • Gomalia elma albofasciata Moore, 1879 (India, Ceylon)
  • Gomalia elma levana Benyamini, 1990 (Dead Sea valley in Israel and Jordan)

Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ Card for Gomalia elma in LepIndex. Accessed 22 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Marrku Savela's Website on Lepidoptera Page on genus Gomalia .

See also[edit]



  • Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. 2nd Ed, (i to x, pp454, Plates I to XXXII), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.


  • Savela, Marrku Website on Lepidoptera [1]
  • Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. [2] (accessed 24 September 2007).