Subspecies in India
No subspecies are listed under this species.
This species is traditionally treated as a subspecies of Heliophorus ila (de Nicéville, 1896), as also originally described by Eliot. However, pseudonexus male genitalia are distinct from those of other ila-group species and subspecies, which were interpreted incorrectly by Eliot and subsequent followers. See further notes about subspecies and traditional taxonomy in Kunte et al. 2019, and follow further notes that will be provided here in due course.
Conservation and Special status
This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Photo Gallery and Species Biology
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT|
|Daman & Diu UT|
|Jammu and Kashmir UT|
Not known in India.
Kunte, K., D. N. Basu, and G. S. Girish Kumar. 2019. Taxonomy, Systematics, and Biology of Indian Butterflies in the 21st Century. Pp. 275–304, in Indian Insects: Diversity and Science, S. Ramani, P. Mohanraj and H. M. Yeshwanth (eds). Taylor & Francis, UK. pp. 472.
Kunte, K. 2023. Heliophorus pseudonexus Eliot, 1963 – Modest Sapphire. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/Heliophorus-pseudonexus, accessed 2023/03/21.