Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Subspecies Ornithoptera priamus poseidon (Doubleday, 1847)





Extra Distribution Information

Occurs on the Torres Strait Ils; extralimital distribution—Indonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), NSW North Coast (NNC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Queensland: N Gulf, NE coastal
  • Indonesia
    • Irian Jaya
  • Papua New Guinea

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Aristolochia chalmersii O.C.Schmidt [ARISTOLOCHIACEAE]; Aristolochia tagala Cham. [ARISTOLOCHIACEAE]).


General References

Common, I.F.B. & Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson xiv 682 pp. 49 pls. [260] (biology)

Haugum, J. & Low, A.M. 1979. A Monograph of the Birdwing Butterflies. The systematics of Ornithoptera, Troides and related genera. Ornithoptera (Ornithoptera). Klampenborg, Denmark : Scandinavian Science Press Vol. 1(2) 85-192 pp. [Date published 1-Apr-79] [126] (bibliography, biology, and incorrect subsequent spelling of eurysaces Fruhstorfer, 1913 as eurysaches; [141] biology, macalpinei as a synonym of pronomus)

Parsons, M.J. 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea; their systematics and biology. San Diego : Academic Press 736 pp. [226]

Rothschild, L.W. 1895. A revision of the Papilios of the eastern hemisphere, exclusive of Africa. Novitates Zoologicae 2(3): 167-463 pl. 6 [188] (biology, synonymies)

Waterhouse, G.A. 1932. What Butterfly is That? A Guide to the Butterflies of Australia. Illustrated by Neville Cayley. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 291 pp. 34 pls. [Date published 15/Dec/1932] [28] (biology, common name)

Waterhouse, G.A. & Lyell, G. 1914. The Butterflies of Australia: a monograph of the Australian Rhopalocera introducing a complete scheme of structural classification, and giving descriptions and illustrations of all the butterflies found in Australia, including a number now recorded for the first time. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 239 pp. 38 pls + 3 unnumbered colour pls. [Date published 25 July 1914] [158] (description, distribution)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Mar-2013 21-Jul-2015 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2012 30-Mar-2012 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 28-Mar-2012 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 05-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)