Deloneura immaculata Trimen, 1868

Pale Yellow Bashee River buff, Mbashe River buff, Bashee River buff



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: between 27 December 1863 and 1 January 1864

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


The Mbashe River buff (Deloneura immaculata) was last recorded in 1864 according to (Samways, 1996). However, (Henning et al. 2009) state that a single specimen was collected on the 27th of December, 1863, and the two other known specimens were collected between then and the 1st of January, 1864. Hence it is more likely that the last record was in 1863, four of the days (28, 29, 30 and 31) falling in 1863 with only January 1 falling in 1864. This assumption is strengthened by (Henning et al. 2009) stating that the species is "known only from 3 specimens caught in 1863" (p. 92).



near Fort Bowker, overlooking the Mbashe River, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Type locality: "Bashee River, Kaffraria".

"Only three female specimens have ever been collected, all at the type locality...Of the three known specimens, two are in the South African Museum (SAM) in Cape Town, and one is in The Natural History Museum (BMNH) in London."

(Henning et al. 2009:28,29)



A watercolour of this species can be found [url=]here[/url]. Photographs of the two specimens in the SAM collection can be seen in (Henning et al. 2009:116).



Original scientific description:

Trimen, R. (1868). On some undescribed species of South African butterflies, including a new genus of Lycaenidae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1868: 69-96.


Other references:

D’Abrera 2009:662

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.

Holt, B. 1955. Old forts of the Transkei. Africana Notes and News 11: 197-200.

Mecenero, S., Ball, J.B., Edge, D.A., Hamer, M.L., Henning, G.A., Krüger, M., Pringle, E.L., Terblanche, R.F. and Williams, M.C. (eds). 2013. Conservation assessment of butterflies of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland: Red List and Atlas. Saftronics (pty) Ltd and Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, Johannesburg & Cape Town.

Mecenero, S., Edge, D.A. and Staude, H.S. 2015. Southern African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment (SALCA). Metamorphosis 26: 116-122.
Mucina, L. and Rutherford, M.C. (eds). 2006. The Vegetation of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Pringle, E.L., Henning, G.A. and Ball, J.B. (eds). 1994. Pennington's Butterflies of southern Africa. Struik-Winchester, Cape Town.

Samways, Michael J. (1996). Insects on the brink of a major discontinuity. Biodiversity and Conservation 5(9): 1047-1058. [Abstract]

Williams, M. C. (2020). Deloneura immaculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T6331A168301470. Downloaded on 27 June 2021.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1996). Deloneura immaculata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. ( Downloaded on 05 May 2012.,0,6267191.htmlstory


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