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RIPPONIA HYPOLITUS

Ripponia hypolitus is the sole species of its genus. It inhabits Sulawesi and adjacent islands, as well as Central and South Moluccas.

R. hypolitus is on the wings all year around. It is locally abundant up to 600 m elevation. It tends to be active in cloudy weather, and will rest at shrubs and trees when the day is at its hottest. The female is said to be awkward in flight.

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R. hypolitus sulaensis

Auctor: Staudinger, 1895
Distribution: Kep. Sula; Taliabu Is., Mangola Is. Sanana Is. (=Sulabesi Is.).
Etymology: Named after its type locality, Sula group (Mangola Is.).
Notes:
Described forms:
mf. sulaensis Staudinger, 1895
mf. flavoabdominalis Haugum & Low, 1975
mf. alboabdominalis Haugum & Low, 1975
ff. semimascula Deslisle, 1991




R. hypolitus cellularis

Auctor: Rothschild, 1895
Distribution: Talaud Is., Sangir Is., Sulawesi
Etymology: Cellularis = roomy
Notes: Haugum & Low (1982) regarded cellularis to be a f.loc.
of R.hypolitus hypolitus.
Described forms:
none




R. hypolitus caelicola

Auctor: Haugum & Low, 1982
Distribution: Banggai Is.
Etymology: Latin; deity.
Notes:
Described forms:
none




R. hypolitus hypolitus

Auctor: Cramer 1775
Syn.: panthous Linnaeus, 1764 (female) nom. praeocc.
Syn.: pandarus Houttuyn, 1767 (nec Linnaeus, 1758)
Syn.: remus Fabricius, 1777
Syn.: antenor Well., 1758 (nec Linnaeus, 1758)
Syn.: hippolytus Esper, 1790
Syn.: hipolythus Esper, 1790
Syn.: panthous Donovan, 1800 (nec Linnaeus, 1764)
Syn.: ? cellularis Rothschild, 1895 (see notes under R.hypolitus
cellularis)
Syn.: ? bachanensis Okano & Ohkura, 1978 (see notes under
R.hypolitus bachanensis)
Syn.: ? antiopa Rothschild, 1908 (see notes under
R.hypolitus antiopa)
Distribution: Moluccas; Buru Is. - Seram Is. - Ambon Is.
Etymology: Hyppolytus was the son of Theseus and Antiope.
Notes:
Described forms:
none




R. hypolitus bachanensis

Auctor: Okano & Ohkura, 1978
Syn.: antiope Tsukada & Nishiyama, 1980
Syn.: ? antiopa Rothschild, 1908 (see notes under R.hypolitus antiopa)
Distribution: Bacan Is.
Etymology: Named after its type locality, Bacan Is.
Notes: Haugum & Low (1982) regarded bachanensis to be a synonym of
R.hypolitus hypolitus.
Matsuka (2001) treated R.hypolitus bachanensis as a synonym of
R.hypolitus antiopa.
Described forms:
none




R. hypolitus antiopa

Auctor: Rothschild, 1908
Syn.: antiope Jordan, 1908
Distribution: Morotai Is., Halmahera Is., Ternate Is.
Etymology: Named (misspelt by the auctor) after Antiope, daughter of the
Theben king Nycteus.
Notes: Haugum & Low (1982) regarded antiopa to be a synonym of
R.hypolitus hypolitus.
Described forms:
none



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