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    Default Identification difference between Niphanda cymbia, N. asialis and N. tessellata

    GREETINGS FROM INDIA!
    Dear Sir,
    I will be highly obliged if you enlighten the basic difference between above mentioned three species. For N. asialis, UNF submarginal spot in space 2 is playing a vital role in the identification, please guide.

    Regards,
    Rajib Dey
    INDIA.

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    The three species can be quite difficult to separate due to wide variations.

    The submarginal spot 2 you mentioned actually correspond to the marginal spots in all Lycaenids.
    However since most authors refer them also as submarginal spots, I will follow suit.


    Niphandia cymbia. FW 13-15mm.
    Male violet , female without blue.
    UnH submarginal spots 2 & 3 strongly darkened.
    UnF submarginal spots 2 & 3 usually less so.
    HW discal spot 7 always larger than spot 6.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/81430001.html
    https://live.staticflickr.com/5530/3...e5ae0590_b.jpg
    https://res.cloudinary.com/ppc1/imag...8n99toeak1.jpg
    Female.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/si...b0bd5c-1_1.jpg

    The next two are rather similar.

    Niphanda.asialis. FW 1- 13mm.
    Male FW more rounded ,HW less pointed .FW broader dark border at apex; female only basally blue.
    UnH with only submarginal spot 2 darker; spot 3 always pale.
    HW discal spots 6 & 7 usually equal, sometimes spot 7 a bit smaller.
    UnF markes less heavy & dark, postdiscal band macular ie mostly spots.
    FW apex not heavily darkened.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/81450001.html
    https://thaibutterflies.com/Butterfl...handa-asialis/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niphan...aMFUpUnAC1.jpg
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beauti...gs/33495531551
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ubmj60prZ1...2Basialis).jpg



    Niphanda tessellata large. FW 13 -17mm.
    Male pointed FW & HW. border narrow. Female heavily blue shaded.
    HW with only submarginal spot 2 darken ( as in asialis)
    UnF markings heavy & broad, more contrasted, the postdiscal band ,the spots more merged.
    HW discal spots 6 & 7 equal or spot 7 slightly smaller (as in asialis).
    Apices of both wings dark due to darken spot 6.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/81440001.html
    https://thaibutterflies.com/Butterfl...da-tessellata/
    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/590/2...6fc77b2d_c.jpg
    Female.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...156/large.jpeg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...852/large.jpeg




    TL Seow: Cheers.
    Last edited by Psyche; 23-May-2022 at 02:34 AM.

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    Thanks a lot!

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