Charaxes imperialis

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Charaxes imperialis
Charaxes imperialis.jpg
From the CAR
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. imperialis
Binomial name
Charaxes imperialis
Butler, 1874[1]
  • Charaxes imperialis ugandicus f. caerulipunctatus van Someren, 1972

Charaxes imperialis, the imperial blue charaxes, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.[2] The habitat consists of lowland to sub-montane forests

The larvae probably feed on Sapindaceae species.


Charaxes tiridates group.

The supposed clade members are:

For a full list see Eric Vingerhoedt, 2013.[3]


  • C. i. imperialis (Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin)
  • C. i. albipuncta Joicey & Talbot, 1920 (Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • C. i. dargei Collins, 1989 (southern Congo)
  • C. i. graziellae Turlin, 1989 (Tanzania: north-west to the Mumwendo Forest)
  • C. i. lisomboensis van Someren, 1975 (north-eastern Zambia, Tanzania: Kigoma)
  • C. i. nathaliae Canu, 1989 (Bioko)
  • C. i. pauliani Rousseau-Decelle, 1933 (Democratic Republic of the Congo: south to Lualaba)
  • C. i. ugandicus van Someren, 1972 (Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo: north Kivu)
  • C. i. werneri Turlin, 1989 (Rwanda: Nyungwe Forest)


  • Victor Gurney Logan Van Someren, 1972 Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part VIII. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology)215-264.[1]

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