Ogyris subterrestris petrina Field, 1999

Lake Douglas arid bronze azure



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1993

Rediscovered in 2006


80 specimens are in the Museum Victoria collection alone, which clearly had an impact on the species' abundance. The specimens were collected from 1987 to 1991 according to the Victoria Museum records. Gamblin et. al. (2010) states that several searches over the past 13 years prior to its rediscovery in 2006 (i.e. from 1993-2006) had failed to relocate the species.



Lake Douglas, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia






For a photo of the holotype (catalogue # T 17268), see: https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/object.php?irn=1009021&QueryPage=%2Femuintranet%2Fsearch.php






Original scientific description:

Field, R. P. (1999). A new species of Ogyris Angas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from southern arid Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 57: 251-259.


Other references:

Braby, M. F. (2000). Butterflies of Australia, their identification, biology and distribution. CSIRO, Melbourne

Sands, D. P. A. and New, Tim R. (2002). The Action Plan for Australian Butterflies. Canberra: Environment Australia.

Williams A, Gamblin T, Richardson J, Williams M, and Blechynden P. (2008). The critically endangered arid bronze azure butterfly (Ogyris subterrestris petrina): progress report and recommendations for future actions. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 13 p.

Williams M. R. and Williams, A. A. E. (2008). Threats to the critically endangered arid bronze azure butterfly (Ogyris subterrestris petrina) by proposed vegetation clearing. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington. 17 p.

Gamblin, T., Williams, M. R., Williams, A. A. E., and Richardson, J. (2009a). The ant, the butterfly and the bulldozer: a summary of baseline data for the pale form of the sand-dwelling sugar ant Camponotus terebrans associated with the critically endangered arid bronze azure butterfly (Ogyris subterrestris petrina) and recommendations for recovery. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 16 p.

Gamblin T, Williams MR, Williams AAE, Richardson J. (2009b). The ant, the butterfly and the bulldozer (POSTER). Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA.

Gamblin, T., Williams, M. and Williams, A. (2010). The ant, the butterfly, the leafhopper and the bulldozer. Landscope 25(3): 54-58.

Geyle, Hayley M. et al. (2021). Butterflies on the brink: identifying the Australian butterflies (Lepidoptera) most at risk of extinction. Austral Entomology 60: 98-110.

Williams, A. (2003). Status of the western form of the arid bronze azure butterfly: Ogyris subterrestris petrina. Newsletter of the Western Australian Insect Study Society Aug. pp. 3-4.

Williams, A. and Williams M. (2005). Endangered or extinct? Kalgoorlie’s arid bronze azure. Landscope 21(2): 19-23

https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/action/butterfly/pubs/butterflies.pdf (pp. 291-292).







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