Troides plateni

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Dr. Platen's birdwing
Male, upperside, Palawan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Troides
Species: T. plateni
Binomial name
Troides plateni
Staudinger, 1889

Troides plateni, the Dr. Platen's birdwing, is a birdwing butterfly endemic to Palawan, Balabac, Dumaran, and the Calamian Islands in the Philippines. It is named for Dr. Carl Constantin Platen.

Habitat and conservation[edit]

As Pompeoptera Troides plateni in Robert Henry Fernando Rippon Icones Ornithopterorum (1898 to 1906)

Troides plateni is found mainly in wooded habitats. The larval food plant is Aristolochia tagala (Aristolochiaceae). It is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Taxonomic position[edit]

The taxonomic relationship between T. rhadamantus rhadamantus, T. rhadamantus plateni and T. dohertyi is uncertain. Haugum & Low (1985) rank plateni and dohertyi as a subspecies of T. rhadamantus (Tsukada & Nishiyama, 1980, 1982). Ohya (1983) rank plateni as a species.


  • Ohya, T. 1983. Birdwing Butterflies. Kodansha, Tokyo.
  • Tsukada, E. & Nishiyama, Y. 1982. Papilionidae. In: Tsukada, E. (ed): Butterflies of the South East Asian Islands. Volume 1. Plapac Co., Tokyo
  • Jumalon, Julian N., 1970 Life history notes on Troides plateni of Palawan, Philippines. Philippine Scientist 7:35-38

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