Gomalia elma

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"Marbled skipper" redirects here. For the other butterfly with this common name, see Carcharodus lavatherae.
Marbled skipper
African Marbled Skipper1 (UP).JPG
Upperside of Gomalia elma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Gomalia
Moore, 1879
Species: G. elma
Binomial name
Gomalia elma
(Trimen, 1862)


  • Tavetana Picard, 1949


  • Pyrgus elma Trimen, 1862
  • Gomalia albofasciata Moore, 1879
  • Tavetana jeanneli Picard, 1949

Gomalia is a monotypic genus of hesperiid butterfly.[1]Gomalia elma, the marbled skipper, green-marbled sandman or African mallow skipper, is found in Africa and parts of Asia.[2]


The wingspan is 26–31 mm for males and 29–36 mm for females.


In Africa, Gomalia elma is found in the Cape region, Orange Free State, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and other parts of Africa. In Asia, the butterfly ranges from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Baluchistan and India.[2]

Food plants[edit]

Underside of Gomalia elma


  • Gomalia elma elma (Africa)
  • Gomalia elma albofasciata Moore, 1879 (India, Ceylon)
  • Gomalia elma levana Benyamini, 1990 (Dead Sea valley in Israel and Jordan)

Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ Card for Gomalia elma in LepIndex. Accessed 22 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera Page on genus Gomalia .

See also[edit]