Tales of Two Coppers, Paralucia spp.

  • Tim R. New


The Australian endemic lycaenid genus Paralucia comprises three species of ‘coppers’, two of which have gained special recognition in understanding and promoting butterfly conservation in different parts of the south east. Each has led in the development of the discipline in its State, been accorded a patronymic common name that fosters local pride and involvement, and is an important flagship species. Conservation management for both is continuing, and the accounts below indicate the similarities and differences between two closely related taxa, both in their biology, and in progress of practical conservation under different legislative requirements. They demonstrate the common elements in approach possible for different species linked with similar resources, and also the peculiarities that each may show.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyLa Trobe UniversityVictoriaAustralia

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