Deloneura immaculata

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Deloneura immaculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deloneura
Species: D. immaculata
Binomial name
Deloneura immaculata
Trimen, 1868[1][2]

Deloneura immaculata, the Mbashe River buff, is a possibly extinct species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.[3] It is assumed to be (or to have been) endemic to the densely forested Mbhashe River area of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Searches subsequent to its discovery however failed to yield any trace of it.

Only three female specimens have ever been collected, all by Colonel James Henry Bowker, in 1863-64. The specimens are held in the South African Museum in Cape Town, and the Natural History Museum in London.[3]


  1. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subtribe Epitolina
  2. ^ Deloneura at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms
  3. ^ a b Dixon, Robyn (July 17, 2013). "South Africa butterfly hunters: A rare breed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 


  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Deloneura immaculata. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.

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