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Subspecies Papilio (Princeps) aegeus aegeus Donovan, 1805




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Torres Strait Ils, including Hammond, Darnley and Murray Ils, and Cape York, QLD, south to VIC, west to Adelaide and Whyalla, SA, with populations at Alice Springs, Darwin, Gove Peninsula and Marchinbar Is., NT; extralimital distribution—Ndeni Is., Santa Cruz Ils where it may be introduced from Australia.

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)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Central Arnhem (CA), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Gulf Plains (GUP), Kanmantoo (KAN), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Lord Howe Island terrestrial & freshwater

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Lord Howe Island
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Northern Territory: Lake Eyre basin, N coastal
    • Queensland: Murray-Darling basin, N Gulf, NE coastal
    • South Australia: S Gulfs
    • Victoria: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore.


General References

Boisduval, J.B.A.D. de 1832. Voyage de Découvertes de l'Astrolabe exécuté par Ordre du Roi, Pendant les Années 1826–1827–1828–1829, sous le Commandement de M.J. Dumont D'Urville. Faune entomologique de l'Océan Pacifique, avec l'illustration des insectes nouveaux recueillis pendant le Voyage. Part 1. Lépidoptères. Paris : J. Tastu iv, 267 pp. [publication date: Sherborn, C.D. & Woodward, B.B. 1901. Dates of publication of the zoological and botanical portions of some French voyages. Dumont d'Urville's Voyage de l'Astrolabe. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7 8: 333 [333]] [38] (incorrect subsequent spelling of erectheus as erechtheus)

Common, I.F.B. & Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Sydney : Angus & Robertson xiv 682 pp. 49 pls. [245] (biology)

Edwards, E.D. 1996. Papilionidae. pp. 237-239, 357-358, in Nielsen, E.S., Edwards, E.D. & Rangsi, T.V. (eds). Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Vol. 4 xiv 529 pp. & CD-ROM. [358] (nomenclature)

Fisher, R.H. 1978. Butterflies of South Australia (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea, Papilionoidea). Adelaide : South Australian Government. Handbooks Series 272 pp. [115] (biology)

James, D.G. 1988. Induction of pupal diapause in Papilio aegeus aegeus Donovan and Graphium sarpedon choredon (C. & R. Felder) (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Australian Entomological Magazine 15(1): 39-44 [39]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1907. The history of Papilio aegeus. Australian Naturalist 1(8): 91-99 [91] (discussed the historical use of the names Papilio aegeus Donovan, 1805 and Papilio erectheus Donovan, 1805; Papilio aegeus and Papilio erectheus were described simultaneously)

Waterhouse, G.A. 1932. Notes on Australian Papilionidae. (Part I.) Papilio aegeus, Donovan. Descriptions of a new female form and two aberrations. The Australian Zoologist 7(3): 195-197 pl. 11 [195]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1937. Presidential address: The biology and taxonomy of the Australasian butterflies. Report of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 23: 101-133 [also issued as a repaginated separate in 1938] [125]

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] [162] (as Papilio aegeus Donovan, 1805, 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
14-Apr-2011 14-Apr-2011 MOVED
28-Mar-2012 13-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
28-Mar-2012 02-May-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)