Deudorix eleala

Comprehensive Description

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Deudorix (Hypokopelates) eleala Hewitson
Hypolycaena eleala Hewitson, 1865 [1862-1878]: 52; pi. 23, figs. 25-27. lolaus eleala: Karsch, 1893: 222. Deudorix eleala: Aurivillius, 1895b: 209. 1898: 307; 1922 [1908-1925]: 368; pi. 66a. Stempffer, 1952a: 185.
The species appears to be confined more or less to Upper Guinea. Hewitson's types came from Old Calabar; Karsch (1893) and Stempffer (1952a) have both recorded it from Togo. References to wider distributions (Aurivillius, 1922; Stempffer, 1952) seem to be based in part on other species.
Hewitson's figure of the female shows it to be brown above, the hindwing with a broad subterminal white band intersected by narrowly brown veins. Such a female is also described by Karsch and, following both Hewitson and Karsch, by Aurivillius (1898). The Liberian females at hand are in accord with this.
Aurivillius (in Seitz) figured a female that agrees with the above but in the text he described quite a different female: brown above with basal half of forewing and most of hindwing gray-blue. Such females are before me in series from Cameroon and Gabon, along with associated males. To judge from variation in both sexes more than one species seems to be involved, though I have not been able to segregate them to my satisfaction. M. Stempffer (personal communication) informs me that he has encountered similar trouble. What name or names should be applied to these specimens is an open question (ituri Bethune-Baker and kallipygos Birket-Smith are among them), but the only point relevant here is that they are not eleala.
Liberia: Harbel, 1 9 , II, Wanau Forest, 1 2 , III (Fox).
bibliographic citation
Fox, R.M., Lindsey, A.W., Clench, H.K., Miller, L.D. 1965. The Butterflies of Liberia. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society vol. 19. Philadelphia, USA