Abstract: A new subspecies of high elevation butterfly,
Appias phoebe nuydai ssp. n., is described from Mount
Talinis, Negros Island, Philippines.
Eine neue Unterart von Appias phoebe C. R. F,
1861 (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) vom Mount Talinis, Insel
Zusammenfassung: Eine neue Unterart des hoch mon ta nen
Weißlings Appias phoebe, nuydai ssp. n., wird vom Mount
Talinis, Insel Negros, Philippinen, beschrieben.
The species Appias phoebe was described by C. & R.
F in 1861 from specimens collected in the moun-
tains of Luzon. D’A (1982) placed this species as a
subspecies of Appias pandione (G, ), but later
the taxon was recognized as a species by T et al.
(1985). This species is endemic to the Phil ip pi nes with
five subspecies, phoebe F F, 1861 in South
and North Luzon, mindana Y T, 1980
in northwest Mindanao, montana R , 1896 (=
syn. Appias remedios canlaonensis O O, 1992)
in North Negros, rowelli S T , 1982
in South Palawan, and zamorra F F, 1862
in Mindoro (T S 2012). According
to T et al. (1985), this spe cies is rare and found
only in higher eleva tions. This paper describes a new
subspecies of Appias phoe be F F, 1861 from
Mount Talinis, Ne gros Is land, Philippines.
Appias phoebe nuydai ssp. n.
Holotype ♂: Philippines; Negros Oriental; Mount Talinis;
Valencia; . 2012; leg. J. A. T. B, deposited in the
Mc Guire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida
Mu seum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gai nes-
Paratype: 1 ♂, same information and depository as the
A new subspecies of Appias phoebe C. R. F, 1861 (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)
from Mount Talinis, Negros Island, Philippines
Jade Aster T. B and Jacqueline Y. M
Jade Aster T. B, Biology Department, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines 6200; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqueline Y. M, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida, USA 32611
Figs. 1–2: Appias phoebe nuydai ssp. n. — Fig. 1: holotype ♂, . 2012, leg. B, Mount Talinis, Negros Island; 1a: upperside; 1b: under side. — Fig.
2: paratype ♂, same data as holotype; 2a: upperside; 2b: underside.
Nachr. entomol. Ver. Apollo, N. F. 40 (3/4): 147–148 (2020)
Etymology: The subspecies is named after Mr. Justin S.
N for his valuable contribution to the study of Phil ip-
Diagnosis and identification
Male. Same with ssp. montana and the difference is the
forewing underside cell end spot, which the ssp. nuydai
have a funnel-shaped cell end spot (same with ssp.
mindana), while it is circular in ssp. montana.
Habitat: High elevation forests in South Negros. The new
subspecies was collected puddling around Lake Nailig
with an elevation of 1578m a.s.l (B 2013; 2014).
Hostplants: Currently unknown, but probably high ele-
va tion species of Capparis, Crateva, and Drypetes (B
I would like to thank my former advisor, the late Tho-
mas C. E, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Mc Guire
Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida
Mu seum of Natural History, University of Florida, for his
support during my graduate studies in the Uni ver si ty of
Florida, and also for providing the funds during my 2012
fieldwork on Negros Island. To Charles C , Ph.D., for
the gui dance and advice during my gra duate school in
the Uni versity of Florida. To my friends who hiked with
me to Mount Talinis in May 2012, Patrick David F -
, Jason B, Jan Mi chael O, Peter R ,
Bonifacio Magnifico P , Audrey C, and to our
guide Mr. Erick son B. I would like to thank
the Department of Environment and Natural Re sources
(DENR) offices in Dumaguete City and Ce bu City for
providing the Gra tuitous Permit.
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