Cymothoe sangaris

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Blood-red glider
Afrique centrale - Cymothoe sangaris dos.jpg
Dorsal side
Afrique centrale - Cymothoe sangaris ventre.jpg
Ventral side
Scientific classification
C. sangaris
Binomial name
Cymothoe sangaris
(Godart, 1824)
  • Nymphale sangaris Godart, 1824
  • Harma uselda Hewitson, 1869
  • Cymothoe sangaris ab. reuteri Strand, 1910
  • Cymothoe sangaris ab. pallida Schultze, 1920
  • Cymothoe sangaris f. pluviatilis Overlaet, 1945
  • Cymothoe sangaris reuteri f. extimata Overlaet, 1945
  • Cymothoe sangaris reuteri f. simplicior Overlaet, 1945
  • Cymothoe sangaris reuteri f. rubrior Overlaet, 1945
  • Cymothoe sangaris luluana f. orchymonti Overlaet, 1945

Cymothoe sangaris, the blood-red glider, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.[1] It is found in Central Africa.

Some authors believe the species should be split into separate species. They base this on morphological characteristics (mainly in the females) and DNA research. The new species would be specialised in one food plant.[2]

Currently, the following subspecies are recognised:

  • Cymothoe sangaris sangaris
Range: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Angola, DRC: Ubangi, Mongala, Uele, North Kivu, Tshopo, Tshuapa, Equateur, Kinshasa, Kwango, Kasai, Sankuru and Maniema provinces
  • Cymothoe sangaris luluana Overlaet, 1945
Range: DRC: Lualaba and Lomami provinces, Zambia

The larvae feed on Rinorea species.


  1. ^ "Cymothoe Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Robin van Velzen, Freek T. Bakker & Joop J.A. van Loon (2007) DNA barcoding reveals hidden species diversity in Cymothoe (Nymphalidae), Proc. Neth. Entomol. Soci. Meet., vol. 18, pp. 95-103.