This article is about the brush-footed butterfly genus. For the plant genus, see Rubiaceae.
Polyura narcaeus, male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Charaxinae
Tribe: Charaxini
Genus: Polyura
Billberg, 1820

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Polyura is the genus of nawab butterflies. They are native to the Indomalaya and Australasian ecozones that belong to the brush-footed butterfly subfamily Charaxinae, or leafwing butterflies. Like the large and conspicuous pasha and rajah butterflies (Charaxes) they belong to the Charaxini tribe. Recent genetic research has shown that some species of the genus Charaxes are more related to Polyura than to other Charaxes species. Polyura should therefore be included in Charaxes.


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  1. Smiles, R.L. (1982). The taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Polyura Billberg (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), (Entomology) 44:115-237.
  2. Ployura, funet.fi

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