Taxon profile


Nymphalidae Rafinesque, 1815

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - insects »  order Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths »  superfamily Papilionoidea

Temporal range:Tertiary > Paleogene > Eocene – recent


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Limenitis camilla - White Admiral

Author: Ondřej Zicha

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Greta nero - Nero Clearwing

Author: Ondřej Prosický

Functions restricted to taxon Nymphalidae

Important groups

Satyrinae - satyrs and wood-nymphs, Heliconiinae - heliconians, Nymphalinae - brushfoots, Limenitidinae, Apaturinae - emperors, Danainae - milkweed butterflies

Included taxa

Number of records: 18

subfamily Apaturinae Boisduval, 1840 - emperors
subfamily Biblidinae Boisduval, 1833
subfamily Calinaginae Moore, 1895
subfamily Charaxinae Guenée, 1865 - leaf butterflies
subfamily Cyrestinae Guenée, 1865
subfamily Danainae Boisduval, 1833 - milkweed butterflies
subfamily Heliconiinae Swainson, 1822 - heliconians
subfamily Libytheinae Boisduval, 1833 - Beaks
Tertiary: Eocene – recent
subfamily Limenitidinae Behr, 1864
subfamily Nymphalinae Rafinesque, 1815 - brushfoots
subfamily Satyrinae Boisduval, 1833 - satyrs and wood-nymphs

Unplaced taxa

genus Aeropates
genus Protogonius Hübner, 1819
genus Serradinga Henning & Henning, 1996

Fossil taxa

genus Apanthesis Scudder, 1889
genus Barbarothea Scudder, 1892
genus Lethites Scudder, 1875
genus Neorinopis Butler, 1873

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [8809bab7-7b23-45f0-89fe-fac87c934ed7]

ABRS (2009-2019): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Nymphalidae]
Data retrieved on: 20 February 2014
CZ DE Bělín V. (1999): Motýli České a Slovenské republiky aktivní ve dne, Kabourek, Zlín [as Nymphalidae]
EN Jakšić P., Nahirnić A., Petrović S. (2013): Compendium of Serbian Butterflies with Vernacular Names, Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, 6: 75-88 [as Nymphalidae]

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