Overview

Distribution

Range Description

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.

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The Rare silver-spot inhabits forest (Larsen 2005) across the Afrotropical moist forest zone. Alchornea cordifolia (Euphorbiaceae) is thought to be a larval host plant (Van Someren 1974).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Aphnaeus argyrocyclus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2011

Assessor/s
Larsen, T.B.

Reviewer/s
Lewis, O. & Böhm, M.

Contributor/s
Senior, M.

Justification

Aphnaeus argyrocyclus is an infrequently encountered butterfly with a large extent of occurrence (EOO), well in excess of 20,000 km2, from Côte d’Ivoire to Uganda and northwestern Tanzania. Members of the genus are generally under-reported. The large distribution of this butterfly and the absence of any major threats means it must be classified as Least Concern.

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Population

Population
This is a rare forest butterfly (Larsen 2005).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species faces no major threats at present across its large distribution.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No species-specific conservation measures are currently in place or required for this butterfly.
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Wikipedia

Aphnaeus argyrocyclus

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.[2] The habitat consists of forests.

The larvae feed on Alchornea cordifolia.

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