The World of Birdwing Butterflies



Troides criton is presumably common in nature, at least throughout parts of its range.

Several well defined forms exist of both subspecies.

T. criton is said to be a species of the interior of the islands. Despite obviously being a fairly common species, not much is known about its habitat or life-history.

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T. criton criton

Auctor: Felder, 1860
Distribution: Morotai Is., Halmahera Is., Bacan Is., Ternate Is.
Etymology: Kritos = the chosen.
Described forms:
ff. androgyna Jordan, 1908
ff. neocriton Haugum & Low, 1983
ff. oberthueri Rothschild, 1895
ff. neofelderi Haugum & Low, 1983
ff. criton Felder, 1860 (= felderi Rothschild, 1895)
ff. pseudocriton Haugum & Low, 1983

T. criton critonides

Auctor: Fruhstorfer, 1903
Syn.: critonoides Rippon, 1906
Syn.: criton Niepelt, 1927 nec Felder, 1860
Syn.: criton D'Abrera, 1971, 1975
Distribution: Obi Is.
Etymology: Critonides is a patrynomic derivation from criton.
Described forms:
mf. critonides Rippon, 1906
mf. hypactis Niepelt, 1927
ff. critonoides Fruhstorfer, 1903 (= melas Jordan, 1908)
ff. cinna Fruhstorfer, 1908
ff. clara Jordan, 1908 (= criton D'Abrera, 1975 nec Felder, 1860)

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