Leptotes (butterfly)

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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
24 species

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.


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:


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


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