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Many earlier authors - and even some recent ones - treated Troides
staudingeri as a subspecies of T. haliphron. Some even confused it
with T. helena. Haugum & Low (1983) reviewed the
haliphron/staudingeri complex and consequently raised T. staudingeri to
specific rank. This has later been supported by a.o. Hancock (1983).
The reader is recommended to study the arguments presented by Haugum &
Low (1983), which this author regards to be correct.
Like T. haliphron, T. staudingeri is a lowland species. It is
not rare, but is presumably less abundant than T. haliphron.
Very few field observations have been published, and little is known about
the life history of staudingeri.
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T. staudingeri iris
||Leti Is., Moa Isls., ?Kisar Is., Babar Is., Wetar Is.|
||Iris was a personification of the rainbow; in Greek
||a winged maid.|
||mf. irinkai Rumbucher & Schaffler, 2004|
||mf. melanie Rumbucher & Schaffler, 2004|
T. staudingeri ariadne
||Roma (=Romang) Is.|
||Ariadne was daughter of king Minos of Crete, and
T. staudingeri heptanonius
||ariadne D'Abrera, 1975|
||Hepta = 7|
T. staudingeri rikyu
||Arima & Morimoto, 1991|
||For reasons unknown to this author, Arima & Morimoto
||placed the taxon as a subspecies of T.haliphron.
T. staudingeri staudingeri
||Loeng Is., Sermatta Is., Babar Is.|
||Named after Mr Staudinger. |
T. staudingeri ikarus
||ikarius Stephan, 1909|
||Selaru Is., Tanimber Is.|
||Ikaros was the son of Daedalus, who - when trapped in the
Cretan labyrinth - |
||escaped by man-made wings of birds' faethers.|
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