The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Libythea collenettei Poulton & Riley, 1928

Marquesan snout butterfly


Nuku Hiva and Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Last Record
mid-January 1925
Rediscovered in
28 August 2001 (Kawahara, 2003)
IUCN status
Not evaluated
TSE forum thread
This species is again feared extinct (Kawahara & Toussaint, 2018).
[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]

Poulton, E. B. and Riley, N. D. (1928). The Rhopalocera of the "St. George" Expedition, from French Oceania. Trans. Ent. Soc. Lond., 76: 453-468, 1. pl.

[b]Species Bibliography[/b]

Kawahara, Akito Y. (2001). Systematics of the snout butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Libytheinae) with an emphaSiS on morphology. Honors Thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 162 pp.

Kawahara, Akito Y. (2003). [url=]Rediscovery of [i]Libythea collenettei[/i] Poulton & Riley (Nymphalidae: Libytheinae) in the Marquesas, and a description of the male[/url]. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 57(2): 81-85.

Kawahara, Akito Y. and Toussaint, Emmanuel F. A. (2018). [url=]Conservation Note on the Status of the Rare Endemic Marquesan Snout Butterfly, [i]Libythea collenettei[/i][/url]. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 50: 25-34.

Michener, C. D. (1943). Some systematic notes on the Libytheidae (Lepidoptera). Am. Mus. Novitates 1232: 1-2.

Okano, K. (1987). A check list of libytheid butterflies in the world, with some bibliographical observations. Tokurana 13: 1-12.

Shields, Oakley. (1984). A revised, annotated checklist of world Libytheidae. J. Res. Lep. 22: 264-266.

Shields, Oakley. (1985). Zoogeography of the Libytheidae (snouts or beaks). Tokurana 9: 1-58.

Shields, Oakley. (1987). [url=]The Geologic Significance of [i]Libythea collenettei[/i] (Lepidoptera: Libytheidae) Endemic to the Marquesas Islands, South-Central Pacific[/url]. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 86(2): 107-112.

Viette, P. (1950). Lépidoptères Rhopalocères de l'Océanie Française. Faune de L'Empire Françias. Vol. 13. Librairie Larose, Paris. 101 pp.

Waterhouse, G. A. (1937). The biology and taxonomy of the Australasian butterflies. Aust. & N. Z. Assoc. Adv. Sci., Rept. 23rd Meeting, pp. 101-133.