Itaballia demophile (Linnaeus, 1763)

    demophile Linnaeus, 1763

Original Description

Papilio (Danaus) demophile Linnaeus, 1763

Type specimen(s)

Status: Syntype(s)
Specimen data: ST
Additional information: "the absence of Linnaean material" Honey & Scoble (2001: 318).
Current depository: ??

Type locality

Type locality as cited in original description: "Indiis"

Taxonomic history

Originally described as Papilio (Danaus) demophile Linnaeus, 1763
Treated as a species of Itaballia Kaye, 1904 by Lamas (2004: 116).


"Remarks. Linnaeus's concept of "Indiis" often refers to a variety of tropical localities. What is peculiar in this case is that in 1767 he referred to "India orientali" as the type locality for what is a Central and South American species. In the original description, reference was made to a Clerck illustration of this species despite the fact that Clerck's work was not published until a year later. It is not certain if the specimen illustrated, a female, was from Linnaeus's own collection or from that of the MLU. Thunberg (1804) made no reference to this species being present in the MLU collection when it was donated to the University of Uppsala and no specimen was located in the LSL. Despite the absence of Linnaean material, we can be confident of the identity of this species by reference to the illustration of Clerck (1764), as indicated by Aurivillius (1882: 174). A modern illustration is provided by D'Abrera (1981: 157)." (Honey & Scoble 2001: 318)