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Rapala manea (ra-PARL-uh MAN-ee-eye)

Slate Flash - Omkar Hills, Bangalore, India 17-Sept-2006 [Goutham Ramesh]
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Checklist Number
61.0041.UKB

Family:LycaenidaeLeach, 1815
Subfamily:TheclinaeButler, 1869
Tribe:ThecliniSwainson, 1831
Genus:RapalaMoore, 1881
Subgenus:  
Species:maneaHewitson, 1863
Subspecies:schistacea (Moore, 1879)

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Introduction

Three specimens were caught in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, on 22nd August 1922. These specimens, originally misidentified as Long-tailed Blue, are believed to have been the offspring of a female accidentally transported from India.

Rapala manea ssp. manea

The species was first defined in Hewitson (1863) as shown here and as shown in this plate (type locality: Sulawesi, Indonesia). The nominate subspecies has not been recorded in the British Isles.

Rapala manea ssp. schistacea

This subspecies was first defined in Moore (1879) as shown here (type locality: Calcutta, India). Records from the British Isles are of this subspecies.

Male

Slate Flash - Omkar Hills, Bangalore, India 17-Sept-2006 [Goutham Ramesh]

Male Underside
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Female

Female Underside

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History

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Conservation Status

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Distribution

3. Questionable
 

This presence of this species in the British Isles is considered questionable.

Life Cycle

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Rapala manea ssp. schistacea

Slate Flash - Omkar Hills, Bangalore, India 17-Sept-2006 [Goutham Ramesh]

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17-Sep-2006

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Butler (1869) Butler, A.G. (1869) Catalogue of diurnal Lepidoptera described by Fabricius in the collection of the British museum.
Hewitson (1863) Hewitson, W. (1863) Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae.
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Moore (1879) Moore, F. (1879) Proceedings of the general meetings for scientific business of the Zoological Society of London.
Moore (1881) Moore, F. (1881) The Lepidoptera of Ceylon.
Swainson (1831) Swainson, W. (1831) Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals, selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged according to their apparent affinities (Series 2, Vol.2).