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Chrysoritis pan lysander (hantamsbergae).jpg
C. pan subsp. lysander
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Butler, [1897][1]

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  • Bowkeria Quickelberge, 1972
  • Nais Swainson, 1833 (non Müller, 1771; preoccupied)
  • Oxychaeta Tite & Dickson, 1973
  • Poecilmitis Butler, 1899

Chrysoritis, commonly called opals or coppers, is a genus of butterflies in the Lycaenidae family found mainly in southern Africa and particularly South Africa.[2]


Species of the genus include:[3]

The chrysaor species group:

The chrysantas species group:

The oreas species group:

The pyroeis species group:

The thysbe species group:

The zeuxo species group:


Formerly separated in genus Poecilmitis:


  1. ^ Genus Chrysoritis, Lepindex
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ Chrysoritis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms