Leptotes (butterfly)

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Leptotes
Lycaenidae - Leptotes pirithous-003.JPG
Lang's short-tailed blue (Leptotes pirithous)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Leptotes
Scudder, 1876
Type species
Lycaena theonus
Lucas, 1857
Diversity
24 species
Synonyms

Langia Tutt, 1906 (non Moore, 1872: preoccupied)
Raywardia Tutt, 1908
Syntarucoides Kaye, 1904
Syntarucus Butler, 1901

Leptotes pirithous

Leptotes is a butterfly genus in the family Lycaenidae. They are commonly known as zebra blues in reference to their zebra-striped undersides.

Several species have recently been moved here from the genus Tarucus, a rather close relative. An even closer relative, however, seems to be Cyclyrius.

Species[edit]

The genus can be divided in two distinct geographic groups which are possible clades, as well as one more isolated species:[1]

Afrotropical species:

Neotropical species:

Placement uncertain:

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Brower (2008) and see references in Savela (2009)

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