Troides minos is a close relative of T. aeacus and T. rhadamantus. It is an endemic to India, where it occupies the Eastern and Western Ghat ranges. Although encountered down to sea-level it is more numerous in the 1,000-2,000 m elevation.
Very few specimens exist in today's commercial market. This might reflect an
efficient protection of the species in India rather than any scarcity of
specimens in nature; T. minos is reported to be locally common.
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|Syn.:||astenous Fabricius, 1781 (part.)|
|Syn.:||amphrisius Godart, 1819 (part.)|
|Syn.:||helicaon Boisduval, 1836 (part.)|
|Syn.:||pompeus Doubleday, 1846|
|Syn.:||nomis Ehrmann, 1921|
|Distribution:||S. and W. India; from Mumbai via Western Ghat Range to|
|Trivandrum. Also along Eastern Ghat to Chennai.|
|Etymology:||Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeakus were the three judges of the|
|underworld in Greek mythology. Minos was king of Crete, son of|
|Zeus and Europa.|
|mf. pasifae Haugum & Low, 1982|
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