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    Default Arhopala trogon

    I last shot this species in 2009 along MNT, and have failed to encounter it again at the same location ever since. Today, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into one in another part of the nature reserve, miles away from MNT.
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    Congrats. I have not seen one before

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    Hi,
    I believe I also saw one today. DSC04708.JPG. Am I right?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacock Royal View Post
    Congrats. I have not seen one before
    Thanks. It is only a matter of time you run into one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    Hi,
    I believe I also saw one today. Am I right?
    May be. A few spots are not there or misaligned, likely a result of aberration or birth defect.
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    Oh. The forewing band looks very different from yours. Spots are very small.

    Does anyone else have an opinion on the ID of this aberrant looking trogon?

    thanks for advice,
    yik

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    Yik's shot does not seem to have the purple wash that A. trogon​ normally has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander View Post
    Yik's shot does not seem to have the purple wash that A. trogon​ normally has.
    According to the key & text of C&P4 , the underside is hair brown without a purple wash so this is definitely A. aurea, otherwise these two are near identical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander View Post
    Yik's shot does not seem to have the purple wash that A. trogon​ normally has.

    My photo was taken without flash. Would the purple wash be obvious to the eye, or is the color only accentuated with flash? I looked at a friend's copy of Fleming, and the trogon there looked brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    Hi,
    I believe I also saw one today. DSC04708.JPG. Am I right?

    Cheers,
    Yik
    This cannot be trogon. I'm very certain this should be Arhopala corinda. The whitish area at the fw dorsum and the strongly contrasting basal dark scaling are diagnostic (in trogon the dark scales are not so apparent).

    This specimen is slightly aberrant but still the spots forming the post-discal band on the forewing and spots 6 and 7 on the hindwing are distinctive because they are more rounded than in pretty much all examples of aurea and trogon. In particular, spots 6 and 7 on the hindwing are much larger and rounder than the one in space 5 (the shape difference is quite noticeable). In aurea and trogon there is no discernible shape difference between these spots and they are always very rectangular.

    There are also subtle differences in wing shape that rule out aurea/trogon.

    I'd be glad if someone with C&P4 at hand can verify this
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    I think you got it right here.
    The markings are as for A. corinda.
    My main concern is that the marginal spot in space 2 is large & rounded much as in A. trogon, whereas in A. corinda it tends to be somewhat flattened.


    TL Seow: Cheers.

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