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    The attached photos were taken on Mangole island, in the Moluccas of Indonesia. Clearly a Tagiades species. Does anyone know which species please?
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    There are only 3 species in the region so this should be T. japetus navus (ssp in Sula-Mangoli)
    The inner half of the white area have no marginal spots& there are few FW spots.
    Ssp of japetus in India & the Papuan region have white on the HW above.
    eg
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/med...otra_ap677.jpg

    The Papuan ssp has no marginal spots.
    http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.co...p/japetus4.jpg

    The other two species in the area have a series of HW marginal spots.

    T. nestus.
    http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php...e?taxid=279831

    T. trabellius.
    http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php...ge?taxid=26256
    Sulawesi.
    https://wanderingbutterflyeffect.fil...trebellius.jpg

    TL Seow: CHeers.
    PS. There are only two species in Sulawesi including Sula- -Mangoli, ie T. japetus & trabellius.
    It is possible T. japetus through out its range from India to Australia have only tiny marginal spots or none.
    If this right & it seems highly probable ,then this is T. trabellius.
    Unfortunately there are no example of T. japetus from Sulawesi for comparison.

    PS2. I am quite confident this has to be T. trebellius since all examples of T. japetus seen have practically no marginal spot & these here are very large.
    Last edited by Psyche; 18-May-2017 at 07:27 PM. Reason: typo

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    Many thanks for the detailed reply.

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