FIRST RECORD AND REDESCRIPTION OF TARUCUS THEOPHRASTUS FABRICIUS (PAPILIONOIDEA, LYCAENIDAE) FROM JAMSHORO

B. MAL, N. MEMON, S. A. MEMON, M. A. SHAH, N. A. SHAH, A. ANSARI

Abstract


Tarucus theophrastus Fabricius (1793) is a small sized butterfly belonging to the order Lepidoptera. It is commonly called “Tiger Blue”, its body colour is pale purple to violet with outer border dark blue. This species is redescribed here based on external morphology, especially colouration of wings, structure of mouthparts, antennal structure, internal male genitalia (uncus, tegumen, vinculum, saccus and valvae) and female genitalia (papillae analis, ductus bursae and corpus bursae). A general description of T. theophrastus is also given. This species of butterflies is a new record from district Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan.

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