Polyommatus atlantica

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Polyommatus atlantica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Polyommatus
P. atlantica
Binomial name
Polyommatus atlantica
(Elwes, 1905)[1]
  • Lycaena hylas var. atlantica Elwes, 1905
  • Plebicula atlantica
  • Plebicula atlantica weissi Dujardin, 1977
  • Plebicula atlantica f. rosea Tennent, 1994

Polyommatus atlantica, the Atlas blue,[2] is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It was described by Henry John Elwes in 1905. It is found in North Africa.[3]

The larvae feed on Anthyllis vulneraria.

It has the highest number of chromosomes in the non-polyploid eukaryotic organisms (2n = circa 448–452.)


  • Polyommatus atlantica weissi (Morocco: High Atlas)
  • Polyommatus atlantica weissi (Dujardin, 1977) (Morocco: Middle Atlas)
  • Polyommatus atlantica barraguei Dujardin, 1977 (Algeria: Djurdjura, Aures Mountains)


  1. ^ Savela, Markku. "Polyommatus atlantica (Elwes, 1905)". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Polyommatus atlanticus (Atlas Blue)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. February 28, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Plebicula atlantica". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum. Retrieved April 23, 2018.