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The Swallowtails (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae, Papilioninae) of Papua Indonesia

by Jan Moonen

Graphium (Graphium) weiskei (Ribbe, 1900)

ssp. weiskei (Ribbe, 1900)

references and synonymy:

Papilio weiskei Ribbe, 1900: (New Guinea); Jordan, 1909 (Britisch New Guinea); Rothschild, 1916 (Utakwa River, Snow Mts., Carstenz Peak)
Papilio weiskei (female)-f. euprasina Jordan, 1909: (Neu Guinea)
Graphium weiskei: D’Abrera, 1971 (SE Papua)


fig. 1 Graphium weiskei weiskei (male, a. upperside, b. underside), Pass Valley, Suwagi (RMNH)

fig. 2-3 Graphium weiskei weiskei (males), 2a. Star Mountains, Abmisibil; 3a. Star Mountains, Batimban (RMNH)

fig. 4 Graphium weiskei weiskei (male, a. upperside, b. underside), Arfak (RMNH) (This blue form is seen mostly in the Star Mountains)

fig. 5a Graphium weiskei weiskei (female), Weyland Mts., Mt. Kunupi, Menoo Valley (BMNH)






STATUS: A mountain species which is at some localities quite common.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Arfak Mts., Batimban, Borme, Carstensz Peak (Mt. Jaya), Cyclops Mts., Daela, Dagum, Enarotali, Habbema Lake, Hattam Mts., Ilaga, Irai, Jila, Jiwika, Kamilai, Kanggime, Mt. Kunupi (Menoo Valley), Kuruagi, Kuyawagi, Langda, Makki, Manunggal, Mapia, Meja Reserve (Manokwari), Modio, Oktanglap, Pass Valley, Rime Telyi, Sabin, Sinak, Subyo, Tembagapura, Timeepa, Tiom, Tubeya, Tuguwai, Utakwa, Walmak (Nipsan), Waghi, Welesi. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: New Guinea, Goodenough Island. [On Seram and Bacan (Moluccas) Graphium stresemanni occurs, which has always been treated as a distinct species. Certain is that both weiskei and stresemanni are very closely related]

DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH, BMNH. Literature (see below).






D'Abrera, B., 1971. Butterflies of the Australian Region. Lansdowne Press Pty Ltd, Melbourne: 415 pp.
Jordan, K., 1908-1910. Die Indo-Australische Tagfalter. Papilionidae. Papilio to Armandia. In Seitz, Grossschmetterlinge der Erde 9:11-109,112, pls 1-49.
Parsons, M., 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea. Their Systematics and Biology. Academic Press. San Diego, etc.
Ribbe, 1900. Neue Lepidopteren aus Neu-Guinea. Ins. Börse 17(39):308; (--):330; (44):346.
Rothschild, W., 1916. Lepidoptera collected by the British Ornithologists’ Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea. Reports on the collections B.O.U.exp. and W.exp. Vol.II. London, 1916 (Papilionidae p.1-4).