Subspecies in India
(2) Neptis melba gafuri Tytler, 1940 – Lushai Versicoloured Sailer
This is also known as the Variegated Sailer, a name applied to Neptis antilope Leech, 1890, under which Evans (1932) had listed Neptis melba as a subspecies. Eliot (1969) later listed melba and gafuri as subspecies under Neptis armandia (Oberthür, 1876), which also differs considerably from melba and gafuri. Neither Evans nor Eliot presented any rationale or evidence for treating melba and gafuri as subspecies under other species. The provisional arrangement used here is also based purely on superficial morphological grounds. This taxonomic matter needs to be carefully assessed with evidence from molecular phylogenies and genitalia dissections of this entire species group before reliable taxonomic arrangements may be made.
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Smith, C. 2006. Illustrated Checklist of Nepal’s Butterflies. 2nd, revised edn. Walden Book House, Kathmandu.
Anonymous 2023. Neptis melba Evans, 1912 – Versicoloured Sailer. 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/neptis-melba, accessed 2023/12/06.