Cigaritis acamas

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Tawny silverline
Cigaritis acamas 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cigaritis
Species: C. acamas
Binomial name
Cigaritis acamas
(Klug, 1834)[1]
  • Lycaena acamas Klug, 1834
  • Apharitis acamas (Klug, 1834)
  • Spindasis bellatrix Butler, 1886
  • Spindasis acamas divisa Rothschild, 1915
  • Spindasis hypargyros Butler, 1886
  • Apharitis acama aegyptiaca Riley, 1925
  • Apharitis acama cypriaca Riley, 1925

Cigaritis acamas, the tawny silverline, Arab leopard or leopard butterfly, is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly. It is found from North Africa and the Near East to India. The range includes Sudan, Arabia and Somalia.[2] and it occurs on Cyprus.

The larvae are associated with ants of the genus Crematogaster.


  • C. a. acamas (southern Turkey to Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, the Sinai, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and probably northern Arabia)
  • C. a. bellatrix (Butler, 1886) (Sudan, southern Arabia, Somalia)
  • C. a. divisa (Rothschild, 1915) (Sahara, including Algeria)
  • C. a. dueldueli Pfeiffer, 1932
  • C. a. hypargyros (Butler, 1886) (eastern Arabia to India)


  1. ^ Cigaritis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Aphnaeini (part 2)

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