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Zebra white
Zebra white (Pinacopteryx eriphia tritogenia).jpg
Zebra white (Pinacopteryx eriphia tritogenia) underside.jpg
both P. e. tritogenia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pinacopteryx
Species: P. eriphia
Binomial name
Pinacopteryx eriphia
(Godart, [1819])
  • Pieris eriphia Godart, [1819]
  • Herpaenia eriphia var. nyassae Lanz, 1896
  • Herpaenia eriphia var. mabillei Aurivillius, [1899]
  • Pieris [Herpaenia] callianira Mabille, 1899
  • Herpaenia melanarge Butler, 1886
  • Herpaenia iterata Butler, 1888
  • Pontia tritogenia Klug, 1829
  • Herpaenia lacteipennis Butler, 1876
  • Herpaenia eriphia var. straminea Aurivillius, 1904
  • Pinacopteryx eriphia wittei Berger, 1940

Pinacopteryx is a monotypic genus of pierid butterflies found in Africa containing Pinacopteryx eriphia, the zebra white.[1]

The wingspan is 40–55 mm in males and 42–47 mm in females. Its flight period is year-round.[2]

Larva feed on Maerua cafra, Boscia species, Capparis oleoides, and Maerua triphylla.[1][2]


  • P. e. eriphia (Godart, [1819]) (South Africa, Rhodesia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, southern Tanzania)
  • P. e. mabillei (Aurivillius, [1898]) (Madagascar)
  • P. e. melanarge (Butler, 1886) (southern Sudan, southern Ethiopia, central Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, northern Uganda, northern Tanzania)
  • P. e. tritogenia (Klug, 1829) (Mauritania to Senegal, Upper Volta, Niger, Chad, Sudan, northern Ethiopia, Arabia)
  • P. e. wittei Berger, 1940 (western Uganda, north-eastern Zaire)


  1. ^ a b Pinacopteryx at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 

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