Purple Copper Butterfly, Bathurst Copper Butterfly - Sydney Basin: Distribution and vegetation associations

Scientific name: Paralucia spinifera
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Last updated: 07 Sep 2017

Distribution of the species within this region

The Purple Copper Butterfly, Bathurst Copper Butterfly is known or predicted to occur in the following sub-regions of the Sydney Basin Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia.

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IBRA sub-region  Known or predictedGeographic restrictions within region
Burragorang Known above 800m
Wollemi Known above 800m

Vegetation formations, classes and types

In this region the Purple Copper Butterfly, Bathurst Copper Butterfly - Sydney Basin is known to be associated with the following vegetation formations and classes. Click on a name to get background information about it.

  • Dry sclerophyll forests (shrubby sub-formation)
    • South East Dry Sclerophyll Forests
      • Silvertop Ash - Narrow-leaved Peppermint open forest on ridges of the eastern tableland, South Eastern Highlands Bioregion and South East Corner Bioregion
    • Southern Tableland Dry Sclerophyll Forests
      • Apple Box - Broad-leaved Peppermint dry open forest of the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Brittle Gum - Broad-leaved Peppermint - Red Stringybark open forest in the north-western part (Yass to Orange) of the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Broad-leaved Peppermint - Mountain Gum dry open forest of the Central Tablelands area of the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
    • Sydney Montane Dry Sclerophyll Forests
      • Sydney Peppermint - Silvertop Ash heathy open forest on sandstone ridges of the upper Blue Mountains, Sydney Basin Bioregion
  • Grassy woodlands
    • Southern Tableland Grassy Woodlands
      • Broad-leaved Peppermint - Red Stringybark grassy open forest on undulating hills, South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Broad-leaved Peppermint - Ribbon Gum grassy open forest in the north east of the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Ribbon Gum - Yellow Box grassy woodland on undulating terrain of the eastern tablelands, South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Yellow Box - Blakely's Red Gum grassy woodland on the tablelands, South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
    • Subalpine Woodlands
      • Snow Gum - Candle Bark woodland on broad valley flats of the tablelands and slopes, South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
  • Wet sclerophyll forests (shrubby sub-formation)
    • Southern Escarpment Wet Sclerophyll Forests
      • Narrow-leaved Peppermint - Mountain Gum - Brown Barrel moist open forest on high altitude ranges, northern South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
      • Narrow-leaved Peppermint - Sydney Peppermint - Brown Barrel tall fern forest in the Southern Highlands, Sydney Basin Bioregion
      • Narrow-leaved Peppermint - Sydney Peppermint - Gully Gum open forest/woodland in the Southern Highlands, Sydney Basin Bioregion