Danaus affinis

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Mangrove tiger
Mangrove tiger (Danaus affinis fulgurata) I.jpg
D. a. fulgurata
dorsal view from Indonesia
Mangrove tiger (Danaus affinis fulgurata) underside I.jpg
D. a. fulgurata
ventral view from Indonesia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Danaus
Species: D. affinis
Binomial name
Danaus affinis
Fabricius, 1775
Swamp tiger, Bribie Island, south-east Queensland, Australia

Danaus affinis, the Malay tiger, mangrove tiger or swamp tiger, is a butterfly found in tropical Asia. It belongs to the "crows and tigers", the danaine group of the brush-footed butterflies family.

This is a highly variable species. In its range, which stretches from Thailand to the Philippines and southwards through Indonesia to Melanesia and northeastern Australia, it has at least around 30, possibly many more subspecies.[1][2] Its closest relative is the white tiger, Danaus melanippus.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies (2nd ed.). Mumbai, India: Bombay Natural History Society. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, David A. S.; Lushai, Gugs & Allen, John A. (2005). A classification of Danaus butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) based upon data from morphology and DNA. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 144(2):191–212. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2005.00169.x (HTML abstract)