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Lepidochrysops hypopolia Trimen & Bowker, 1887

Morant’s blue



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1879

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



KwaZulu-Natal and North Western Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Type locality: "Natal. Upper Districts. - Blue Bank, near Drakensberg; Transvaal - Potchefstroom District".


"Blue Bank, near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal (two males caught by Walter Morant on 21 September 1870), and near Potchefstroom (North West Province) (one male leg. Thomas Ayres in 1879)...The Morant specimens are in The Natural History Museum (BMNH), London, and the Ayres specimen is in the South African Museum (SAM), Cape Town."

(Henning et al. 2009:54-55,55)






Original scientific description:

Trimen, R. and Bowker, J. H. (1887). South African butterflies, Volume 1. London: Trubner.


Other references:

Henning, Graham. (2014). Lepidoptera Conservation in South Africa–Part 1. Babbel Blues 2(Spring): 17-24.

Henning, G. A., Terblanche, R. F. and Ball, J. B. (eds.). (2009). South African Red Data Book: butterflies. SANBI Biodiversity Series 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. 158 pp.

Pennington’s Butterflies of Southern Africa

(Pringle et al. 1994)

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1996). Lepidochrysops hypopolia. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. ( Downloaded on 05 May 2012.


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