Protogoniomorpha anacardii

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Clouded mother-of-pearl
Clouded Mother-of-pearl.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Junoniini
Genus: Protogoniomorpha
Species: P. anacardii
Binomial name
Protogoniomorpha anacardii
  • Papilio anacardii Linnaeus, 1758
  • Salamis anacardii
  • Salamis anacardii ansorgei Rothschild, 1904
  • Salamis definata Butler, 1879
  • Salamis duprei var. billerei Oberthür, 1925
  • Salamis nebulosa Trimen, 1881
  • Salamis anacardii var. lurida Niepelt, 1920
  • Salamis anacardii f. formosa Stoneham, 1965
  • Protogoniomorpha anacardii nebulosa f. trimeni van Son, 1979

Protogoniomorpha anacardii, the clouded mother-of-pearl, is a species of Nymphalidae butterfly found in tropical Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 55–68 mm for males and 65–75 mm for females.[2]

Its flight period is year-round, peaking in summer and autumn.[2]

The species larval food is Asystasia, Brillantaisia, Isoglossa, Justicia, Mimulopsis, and Paulowilhelmia species.[1][2]


  • P. a. anacardii (Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, western Nigeria, Central African Republic to the Rift Valley)
  • P. a. ansorgei (Rothschild, 1904) (Angola, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • P. a. duprei (Vinson, 1863) (Madagascar)
  • P. a. nebulosa Trimen, 1881 (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Yemen)


  1. ^ a b c Salamis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.