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    Default Rapalas for ID

    Is this Slate Flash?



    Is this Copper Flash?

    Cher Hern

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    Looks like Suffused & Indigo.
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    These Rapalas especially the females are confusingly similar.

    1 R. iarbus female.
    The band is broad & double-margined with white( not always).
    The band to the inside of the grey-green patch (or above in a set specimen) is a straight slant.

    2. R. manea male.
    Band too narrow & not double-margined for varuna.
    In varuna the band to the inside of the greygreen patch is an arch.

    TL Seow

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    Thanks Dr Seow for the IDs. Thanks Nelson for trying...
    Cher Hern

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    I didn't realised this, but R. manea & varuna can be closely similar.

    Typically R. manea has a very narrow band especially on the forewing.

    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/83900010.html
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/83900020.html

    While R. varuna can have a narrower band than usual. The 2 males here.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/83930010.html

    However, the band near the grey-green patch is a straight slant in R. manea male.
    Also in varuna the orange nearly encircled the black spot.

    The females of R. iarbus & manea are near identical in markings except the ground colour in manea is a deeper brown often with a noticeable purple wash.
    In this example of R. manea female, the band beside the grey-green patch is angled at the top.
    http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4111/5...1c778a1b_z.jpg


    TL Seow
    Last edited by Psyche; 18-Sep-2012 at 09:02 AM. Reason: typo error

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