Graphium porthaon

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Cream striped swordtail
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Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. porthaon
Binomial name
Graphium porthaon
(Hewitson, 1865)

See text

  • Papilio porthaon Hewitson, 1865
  • Papilio porthaon ab. adjectus Thurau, 1903
  • Papilio porthaon vernayi van Son, 1936

Graphium porthaon, the coastal swordtail, cream-striped swordtail or dark swordtail, is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae, found in tropical western Africa.[1][2]

The wingspan is 55–60 mm in males and 60–65 mm in females. The species has continuous broods during warmer months.[2]

The larva feed on Artabotrys monteiroae, Annona, Uvaria, Friesodielsia obovata, Cleistochlamys kirkii, Monodora junodii, Monanthotaxis caffra, Uvaria caffra, and Uvaria kirkii.[1][2]


  • G. p. porthaon (Hewitson, 1865) (coast of Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland)
  • G. p. tanganyikae Kielland, 1978 (Tanzania: Kigoma district)
  • G. p. mackiei Collins & Larsen, 1991 (Kenya, Tanzania)


  1. ^ a b Graphium,
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Carcasson, R.H. 1960 "The Swallowtail Butterflies of East Africa (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae)". Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society pdf Key to East Africa members of the species group, diagnostic and other notes and figures. (Permission to host granted by The East Africa Natural History Society