Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida Crosby, 1951

Eltham copper



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1950's

Rediscovered in early 1987



Melbourne, Victoria, Australia












Original scientific description:

Crosby, D. F. (1951). A new geographical race of an Australian butterfly. Vic. Nat. 67: 225-226.


Other references:

Braby, M. F. (1987). The Eltham Copper: a butterfly with a special appeal. Habitat Australia 15(6): 16-18.

Braby, M. F. (1990). The life history and biology of [i]Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida[/i] Crosby (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 29(1): 41-50.

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

Braby, M.F., Van Praagh, B.D. and New, T.R. 1999. The dull copper, Paralucia pyrodiscus (Lycaenidae). Pp. 247-260 in Kitching, R.L., Scheermeyer, E., Jones, R.E. and Pierce, N.E. (eds). Biology of Australian butterflies. CSIRO, Melbourne

Crosby, D. F. (1987). The conservation status of the Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida Crosby (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Technical Report Series No.81 Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Melbourne.

Douglas, F. 1995. Recovery plan for threatened diurnal Lepidoptera in western Victoria. Part 2: Family Lycaenidae. Report to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Victoria.

Dunn, K.L., Kitching, R.L. and Dexter, E.M. 1994. The National Conservation Status of Australian butterflies. A report to Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra ACT.

Endersby, I.D. 1996. Some aspects of the biology and behaviour of Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida Crosby (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) at Eltham, Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 107: 83-94.

FFG 1988. Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, Victoria.

New, T. R. (1984). Insect conservation: an Australian perspective. Dordrecht: W. Junk.

New, T. R. (1990). Conservation of butterflies in Australia. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 29(4): 237-253.

New, T.R., Van Praagh, B.D. and Yen, A.L. 2000. Fire and the management of habitat quality in an Australian lycaenid butterfly, Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida Crosby, the Eltham copper. Metamorphosis 11: 154-163.

Roitman, Maria, Gardner, Michael G., New, Timothy R., Nguyen, Thuy T. T., Roycroft, Emily J., Sunnucks, Paul, Yen, Alan L. and Harrisson, Katherine A. (2017). Assessing the scope for genetic rescue of an endangered butterfly: the case of the Eltham copper. Insect Conservation and Diversity. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12235 [Abstract]

SAC 1991. Scientific Advisory Committee, Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act. Victoria. Final recommendation on a nomination for listing. Nomination No. 112.

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

Vaughan, P. J. (1987). The Eltham Copper Butterfly draft management plan. Technical Report Series No. 57. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Melbourne.

Vaughan, P. J. (1988). Management plan for the Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida Crosby) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Technical Report Series No. 79. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Melbourne.


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