Some authors believe the species should be split into separate species. They base this on morphological characteristics (mainly in the females) and DNA research. The new species would be specialised in one food plant.
Currently, the following subspecies are recognised:Cymothoe sangaris sangaris Range: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Angola, DRC: Ubangi, Mongala, Uele, North Kivu, Tshopo, Tshuapa, Equateur, Kinshasa, Kwango, Kasai, Sankuru and Maniema provinces Cymothoe sangaris luluana Overlaet, 1945 Range: DRC: Lualaba and Lomami provinces, Zambia
The larvae feed on Rinorea species.