This is a rare forest butterfly that is usually met with in ones or twos, but of which there are many records from right across the forest zone from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to Uganda and northwestern Tanzania (Congdon et al. 1998, Larsen 2005). Members of this genus tend to be elusive and their specialized ecology means that they tend to have much smaller areas of occupancy than extents of occurrence; however, they are often also under-reported.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Aphnaeus argyrocyclus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Aphnaeus argyrocyclus is an infrequently encountered butterfly with a large extent of occurrence (EOO), well in excess of 20,000 km2, from
Aphnaeus argyrocyclus, the Rare Silver Spot, is a butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria (the eastern part of the country and the Cross River loop), Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Equateur, Tshopo and Maniema), Uganda and north-western Tanzania. The habitat consists of forests.
The larvae feed on Alchornea cordifolia.
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