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Abantis Hopffer, 1855
Paradise Skippers
Abantis Hopffer, 1855; Ber. Verh. Akad. Berlin 1855 : 643, TS: Abantis tettensis Hopffer
Sapaea Plötz, 1879; Stettin Ent. Ztg 40 (4-6) : 177, 179, TS: Leucochitonea bicolor Trimen
Abantiades Fairmaire, 1894; Ann. Soc. ent. Belg. 38 : 395 (unjust repl. Abantis Hopffer), TS: Abantis tettensis Hopffer
Abantis (Pyrginae) ; [BK, 401]; [AfrL]

Abantis bismarcki Karsch, 1892
Tanganyika, Nigeria - S.Sudan, Kenya. See [About maps] Bismarck's Paradise Skipper
Abantis bismarcki Karsch, 1892; Ent. Nachr. 18 (15) : 228
neavei Aurivillius, 1925; in Seitz, Gross-Schmett. Erde 13 : 569
Abantis bismarcki ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 2]
Abantis bismarcki bismarcki ; [BK: 402, pl. 58, f. 761]

Abantis bamptoni Collins & Larsen, 1994
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Shaba. See [About maps] Abantis bamptoni ; [AfrL]

Abantis efulensis Holland, 1896
Cameroons, Congo. See [About maps] Abantis efulensis Holland, 1896; Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1896 (1) : 21, pl. 5, f. 12
Abantis efulensis ; Druce, 1909, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1909 : 409; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 3 (text)]; [AfrL]

Abantis leucogaster (Mabille, 1890)
Sierra Leone, Cameroons. See [About maps] Sapaea leucogaster Mabille, 1890; Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. (6) 10 : 32, TL: Sierra Leone
Abantis leucogaster ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 3]; [AfrL]
Abantis leucogaster leucogaster ; [AfrL]
A. l. iruma Evans, 1951
leucogaster iruma Evans, 1951; Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12) 4: 1270
Abantis leucogaster iruma ; [AfrL]

 

Abantis tettensis Hopffer, 1855
South West Africa, Botswana, Transvaal, N.Cape, Rhodesia - Zaire, Kenya. See [About maps] Spotted Velvet Skipper
Abantis tettensis Hopffer, 1855; Ber. Verh. Akad. Berlin 1855 : 643, TL: [Zambesi]
Abantis tettensis ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 6]; [BK: 401, pl. 58, f. 760]; [AfrL]

Abantis bicolor (Trimen, 1864)
Transkei, Natal, Zululand. See [About maps] Leucochitonea bicolor Trimen, 1864; Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. (3) 2 : 180
Abantis bicolor ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 1]; [AfrL]

Abantis arctomarginata Lathy, 1901
Tanzania, Malawi. See [About maps] Abantis arctomarginata Lathy, 1901; Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. 1901 (1) : 34
Abantis arctomarginata ; [AfrL]

Abantis zambesiaca (Westwood, 1874)
Rhodesia, Moçambique. See [About maps] Hesperia zambesiaca Westwood, 1874; Thes. ent. Oxon. : 183
trimeni (Butler, 1895) (Sapaea); Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1895 (2) : 264
Abantis zambesiaca ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 5]; [AfrL]

Abantis paradisea (Butler, 1870)
Natal, Zululand, Transvaal, Swaziland, Rhodesia, Botswana, S.Africa - Somalia. See [About maps] Paradise Skipper
Leucochitonea paradisea Butler, 1870; Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. 1870 (4) : 499, TL: Port Natal
namaquana (Westwood, 1874) (Hesperia); Thes. ent. Oxon. : 183
Abantis paradisea ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 4]; [BK: 402, pl. 58, f. 762]; [AfrL]

Larva on Hibiscus tiliaceus, Cola natalensis [PBSA], Hibiscus, Bridelia, Lecanoidiscus, Pterocarpus [BK]


Abantis meru Evans, 1947
Kenya. See [About maps] Meru Paradise Skipper
Abantis paradisea meru ;
Abantis meru ; [AfrL]; [BK: 402, pl. 58, f. 763]

Larva on Hibiscus, Vernonia [BK]


Abantis venosa Trimen, 1889
Zululand, Swaziland, Transvaal, Rhodesia, Kenya, Uganda. See [About maps] Veined Paradise Skipper
Abantis venosa Trimen, 1889; South-African Butts 3 : 339
Leucochitonea umvulensis Sharpe, 1890; Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 6 (34) : 348, TL: Umvuli River
Abantis plerotica Karsch, 1896; Ent. Nachr. 22 (24) : 374
fulva (Evans, 1937) (Abatis); Cat. African Hesp. Brit. Mus. : 54
flava Evans, 1937; Cat. African Hesp. Brit. Mus. : 54
Abantis flava ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 7 (text)]
Abantis venosa ; [BOW: pl. 128, f. 7]; [BK: 403, pl. 59, f. 764]; [AfrL]

Abantis elegantula (Mabille, 1890)
Sierra Leone. See [About maps] Sapaea elegantula Mabille, 1890; Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. (6) 10 : 32, TL: Sierra Leone
= ?Abantis venosa ;
Abantis elegantula ; [AfrL]

Abantis contigua Evans, 1937
Cameroun - W.Kenya. See [About maps] Abantis contigua Evans, 1937; Cat. African Hesp. Brit. Mus. : 55
Abantis venosa contigua ;
Abantis contigua ; [BK: 403, pl. 59, f. 765]; [AfrL]

 

Abantis eltringhami Jordan, 1932
Abantis eltringhami Jordan, 1932; Proc. Ent. Soc. Lond. 6 (3) : 89
Abantis eltringhami ; [AfrL]

Abantis ja Druce, 1909
Cameroun, .... See [About maps] Abantis ja Druce, 1909; Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1909 : 408, pl. 67, f. 2, TL: Bitje, Ja River, Cameroons, 2000ft
Abantis ja ; [AfrL]

Abantis lucretia Druce, 1909
-. See [About maps] Abantis lucretia Druce, 1909; Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1909 : 409, pl. 67, f. 3, TL: Bitje, Ja River, Cameroons, 2000ft
Abantis lucretia ; Miller, 1971, Bull. Allyn Mus. 2: 2; [AfrL]
Cameroun Abantis lucretia lucretia ; [AfrL]
A. l. etoumbiensis Miller, 1971
Congo Abantis lucretia etoumbiensis Miller, 1971; Bull. Allyn Mus. 2: 3, TL: French Congo, Etoumbi
Abantis lucretia etoumbiensis ; [AfrL]
A. l. lofu Neave, 1910
lucretia lofu Neave, 1910; Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1910 : 72
Abantis lucretia lofu ; [AfrL]

Abantis maesseni Miller, 1971
Ghana. See [About maps] Abantis maesseni Miller, 1971; Bull. Allyn Mus. 2: 3, TL: Ghana, Likpe

Abantis meneliki Berger, 1979
Ethiopia. See [About maps] Abantis meneliki Berger, 1979; Lambillionea 78 (9-10) : 67
Abantis meneliki ; [AfrL]

Abantis nigeriana Butler, 1901
Abantis nigeriana Butler, 1901; Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 8 : 59
Abantis nigeriana ; [AfrL]
Abantis nigeriana nigeriana ; [AfrL]
A. n. rougeoti Berger, 1959
nigeriana rougeoti Berger, 1959; Lambillionea 59 : 93
Abantis nigeriana rougeoti ; [AfrL]

Abantis pseudonigeriana Usher, 1984
Abantis pseudonigeriana ; [AfrL]

Abantis rubra Holland, 1920
Congo. See [About maps] Abantis rubra Holland, 1920; Bull. Am. Mus. nat. Hist. 43 (6) : 253, pl. 7, f. 1, TL: Medje
Abantis rubra ; [AfrL]

Abantis tanobia Collins & Larsen, 2005
Abantis tanobia ; [AfrL]

Abantis vidua Weymer, 1901
Abantis vidua Weymer, 1901; Ent. Zs. 15 (17): 66
Abantis vidua ; [AfrL]


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References:
[About maps]
Warning! The maps are automatically generated from the textual information, and the process does not always produce acceptable result; See about maps for more info.
[AfrL]
Mark C. Williams; Checklist of Afrotropical Papilionoidea and Hesperoidea; Compiled by Mark C. Williams, 7th ed. (2008) (April 2007); Afrototropical Butterflies; e-mail: Mark C. Williams
[BHL]
The; Biodiversity Heritage Library; and on; Internet Archive; Note: The linking to the content of Internet Archive is somewhat delicate -- notify me when links break!
[BK]
Larsen, 1996; The Butterflies of Kenya and their natural history
[BOW]
Lewis, 1974; Butterflies of the World; ISBN 0 245 52097 X
[FLNHM]
Florida Museum of Natural History ; Bulletin of the Allyn Museum
[NHM]
Natural History Museum; The Global Lepidoptera Names Index
[PBSA]
Dickson, C.G.C (ed.), Kroon, D.M.; Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa; AD. DONKER 1978


Some related literature:
Aurivillius, 1925
Die Gross-Schmetteringe der Erde; 13 Band; Die Afrikanischen Tagfalter in Seitz, Gross-Schmett. Erde 13 : 1-613, pl. 1-80
Berger, 1959
Remarques sur quelques Hesperiidae africaines du Muséum de Paris Lambillionea 59 : 90-94
Berger, 1979
Abantis meneliki n. sp. (Lepidoptera -- Hesperiidae) Lambillionea 78 (9-10) : 67-69
Butler, 1870
Descriptions of some new diurnal Lepidoptera, chiefly Hesperiidae Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. 1870 (4) : 485-520
Butler, 1895
On collections of Lepidoptera from British Central Africa and Lake Tanganyika Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1895 (2) : 250-270, pl. 15-16
Butler, 1901
On a collection of butterflies made by George Migeod, Esq., in northern Nigeria between September 1899 and January 1900 Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 8 : 57-60
Druce, 1909
On some New and Little-known Hesperiidae from Tropical West Africa Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1909 : 406-413, pl. 67
Evans, 1937
A catalogue of the African Hesperiidae. British Museum Cat. African Hesp. Brit. Mus. : 1-212, pl. 1-30
Evans, 1951
Revisional notes on African Hesperiidae Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12) 4: 1268-1272
Holland, 1896
A Preliminary Revision and Synonymic Catalogue of the Hesperiidae of Africa and the adjacent Islands, with Descriptions of some apparently new species Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1896 (1) : 2-107, pl. 1-5
Holland, 1920
Lepidoptera of the Congo. Being a Systematic List of the Butterflies and Moths Collected by the American Museum of Natural History Congo Expedition Together with Descriptions of Some Hitherto Undescribed Species Bull. Am. Mus. nat. Hist. 43 (6) : 109-369, pl. 6-14
Hopffer, 1855
[Lepidoptera Diurna] Ber. Verh. Akad. Berlin 1855 : 639-643
Jordan, 1932
A new species of Abantis from the Cameroons Proc. Ent. Soc. Lond. 6 (3) : 89
Karsch, 1892
Abantis bismarcki, eine neue Hesperiidae von Bismarckburg im Togolande (Deutschwestafrika) Ent. Nachr. 18 (15) : 228-232
Karsch, 1896
Aethiepische Hesperiiden Ent. Nachr. 22 (24) : 372-378
Lathy, 1901
An Account of a Collection of Rhopalocera made at Zomba in British Central Africa Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. 1901 (1) : 19-36, pl. 3
Mabille, 1890
Voyage de M. Ch. Allaud dans le territoire d'Assinie (Afrique occidentale) en juillet et aout 1886. Lépidoptéres avec des notes sur quelques autres espéces d'Afrique Ann. Soc. ent. Fr. (6) 10 : 17-51, 2pls
Miller, 1971
Descriptions of new species and notes on other Hesperiidae of Africa Bull. Allyn Mus. 2
Neave, 1910
Zoological collections from Northern Rhodesia and adjacent territories. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1910 : 2-86, pl. 1-3
Plötz, 1879
Hesperiina Herr. Sch. Stettin Ent. Ztg 40 (4-6) : 175-180
Sharpe, 1890
Descriptions of some new Species of African Butterflies in the Collection of Captain G. E. Shelley Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 6 (34) : 346-350
Trimen, 1864
Descriptions of some New Species of Butterflies found in Southern Africa Trans. ent. Soc. Lond. (3) 2 : 175-180
Trimen, 1889
South-African Butterflies: a monograph of the extra-tropical species. Vol. 3 South-African Butts 3 : 1-438, pl. 10-12
Westwood, 1874
Thesaurus entomologicus Oxoniensis Thes. ent. Oxon. : 1-205, 40pls
Weymer, 1901
Beitrag zur Lepidopterenfauna von Angola Ent. Zs. 15 (16): 61-64, (17): 65-67, (18): 69-70


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