Elodina tongura Tindale, 1923
PIERINAE ,   PIERIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Elodina tongura
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterfly are white with black wingtips. The undersides are white with grey wingtips, and an lemon-yellow tinge at the base of each fore wing. The butterfly has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species is found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, but only on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    This species was originally listed as a subspecies of Elodina perdita Miskin, 1889.


    Further reading :

    Norman B. Tindale,
    On Australian Rhopolocera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 47 (1923), pp. 350-351, and also Plate 30, fig. 27.


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    (updated 18 October 1999, 14 April 2015)