Libythea collenettei Poulton & Riley, 1928

Marquesan snout butterfly



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: mid-January 1925

Rediscovered in 28 August 2001 (Kawahara, 2003)


This species is again feared extinct (Kawahara & Toussaint, 2018).



Nuku Hiva and Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

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.


Other references:

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). Rediscovery of Libythea collenettei Poulton & Riley (Nymphalidae: Libytheinae) in the Marquesas, and a description of the male. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 57(2): 81-85.

Kawahara, Akito Y. and Toussaint, Emmanuel F. A. (2018). Conservation Note on the Status of the Rare Endemic Marquesan Snout Butterfly, Libythea collenettei. 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). The Geologic Significance of Libythea collenettei (Lepidoptera: Libytheidae) Endemic to the Marquesas Islands, South-Central Pacific. 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.


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