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Species Suniana sunias (C. Felder, 1860)

Wide-brand Grass-dart



New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Extralimital distribution—Indonesia (Irian Jaya, Maluku), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), NSW North Coast (NNC), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Panicum maximum Jacq., 1781 [POACEAE] Guinea Grass; Sorghum verticilliflorum (Steud.) Stapf [POACEAE] Wild Sorghum; Paspalum urvillei Steudel [POACEAE]; Leersia hexandra Sw. [POACEAE]; Leersia sp. [POACEAE]).

Extra Ecological Information

Introduced larval food plants include Panicum maximum, Paspalum urvillei, Sorghum verticilliflorum (Poaceae).


Details of nominate subspecies, not present in Australia

Suniana sunias sunias (C. Felder, 1860)

Pamphila sunias Felder, C. 1860. Lepidopterorum Amboinensium species novae diagnosibus collustratae. I. Rhopalocera. 448–468 in Frauenfeld, G.R. Diagnosen einiger neuer Insecten und Untersuchung mehrerer Sandproben verschiedener Küstenpunkte gesammelt während der Reise Sr. Mag. Fregatte Novara. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 40(11): 447–468 [462].
Type data: type status and whereabouts unknown sex unknown*; Felder in the original description did not indicate the number of specimens described; Parsons, M.J. 1998. The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea; their systematics and biology. San Diego : Academic Press 736 pp. [199] (referred to a holotype without justification); Edwards, E.D., Newland, J. & Regan, L. 2001. Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea, Papilionoidea. In Wells, A. & Houston, W.W.K. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 31.6. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, Australia. x 615 pp. (Parsons' reference to a holotype is not accepted as a lectotype designation because Parsons knew of no type specimen; the designation then rests on the designation of a description, in this case the original description which was not clearly of a single specimen).
Type locality: Ambon (as Amboina), Maluku, Indonesia (designated in original publication).


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)
04-Feb-2023 PAPILIONOIDEA 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby (ANU)
13-May-2022 PAPILIONOIDEA 21-Dec-2022 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
26-Feb-2021 PAPILIONOIDEA 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
04-Jun-2020 PAPILIONOIDEA 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby
06-Sep-2017 PAPILIONOIDEA 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED
06-Sep-2017 HESPERIIDAE 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED Lyn Randall
05-Mar-2013 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED
05-Apr-2011 05-Apr-2011 MOVED
05-Mar-2013 04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED
04-Feb-2023 MODIFIED