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Xanthotaenia busiris Westwood 1858

Yellow-banded nymph

Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Zetherini


A monotypic genus of southeast Asia. This relatively large satyrine has a conspicuous yellow band across the distal third of its forewing. Adults frequent the forest floor and are often found associated with rotting fruits. Larvae feed on Calamus.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Xanthotaenia has traditionally been placed in Amathusiini, but Eliot (in Corbet et al. 1992) pointed out that the larval stages clearly place it among traditional satyrines. Penz et al. (2006) published a formal description of the immature stages and corroborated this perspective. Molecular evidence (Peņa & Wahlberg 2008; Wahlberg & Brower, unpubl.) imply that the genus is allied to the basal Zetherina.

Other Names for Xanthotaenia busiris Westwood 1858


Corbet AS, Pendlebury HM, and Eliot JN. 1992. The butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

Penz, C., DeVries, P. J. & Kirton, L. 2006 Early stages of Xanthotaenia busiris (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae), and the first report of a larval anal comb in the Nymphalidae. Malayan Nature Journal 59, 51-61.

Peņa, C. & Wahlberg, N. 2008 Prehistorical climate change increased diversification of a group of butterflies. Biology Letters (Royal Society) 4, 274-278.

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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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