Suniana

Wide-band grass dart Suniana sunias, copyright Mscaus.

Belongs within: Hesperiinae.

Suniana, grass darts, is a genus of skipper butterflies found in eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia (Braby 2000).

Characters (from Braby 2000): Relatively small; antenna more than half length of costa of fore wing, club broad and swollen with apiculus very short and pointed; third segment of labial palp long, slender, erect; fore wing with postmedian band relatively straight, spots between M1 and M3, vein CuA2 arising approximately midway between base and end of cell; hind wing with termen evenly rounded; mid tibia lacking spines; male bearing patch of sex-scales; male genitalia with uncus deeply divided, each half being long, pointed and downwardly curved.

<==Suniana Evans 1934B00
    |--S. lascivia (Rosenstock 1885)B00
    |    |--S. l. laciviaB12
    |    |--S. l. larrakia Couchman 1951B12
    |    |--S. l. lasus Waterhouse 1937B00
    |    |--S. l. neocles (Mabille 1891)B00
    |    `--S. l. pola Evans 1934B00
    `--S. sunias (Felder 1860)B00
         |--S. s. suniasB00
         |--S. s. rectivitta (Mabille 1878) [incl. S. sunias nola Waterhouse 1932]B00
         `--S. s. sauda Waterhouse 1937B00

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 1. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[B12] Braby, M. F. 2012. The butterflies of El Questro Wilderness Park, with remarks on the taxonomy of the Kimberley fauna, Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 27 (2): 161–175.

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