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    Hi Dr Seow

    I shot this Curetis sp. yesterday in Central Catchment. Is it C. santana? I think the underside suggests this strongly..
    Thanks!!



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    Yes, I would say it is Curetis santana.
    The key in C&P4 states in HW space 7 at least half the basal portion is black in bulis, ie thus in santana more than half the outer portion is orange.

    The veins can be clearly seen . In pix 2 note the following.
    Space 6 have only a little black at the base .
    If you trace the upper arm of the HW cell inwards a tiny white dot shows the origin of vein 8 which is the inner limit of space 7. (space 7 is between vein 7 & vein 8). Compare vein 8 in pix 1.
    The black area in space 7 is less than half the space.
    Also on the underside ,HW postdiscal spots 6 & 7 are in line, while submarginal spots 6 & 7 are out of line.

    Typical C santana have more orange.
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...am)--Sunny.jpg
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc3/84050010.html

    Typically C. bulis have the orange patch in space 7 short ,so that the inner 2/3 is mostly black.
    Thailand
    http://www.norththailandbirding.com/...ae/b4270_8.JPG
    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8483/8...43c3ff82_z.jpg
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc3/84030010.html
    Federick' shot Rail Corridor.2015
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AY_mIJ9DjJ...Uppersides.jpg

    The underside HW have postdiscal spot 7 large, crescentic & postdiscal spot 6 small & tuck underneath. submarginal spots 6 & 7 are in line.
    https://wingscales.com/content/record/172-1-cde3f.jpg

    Wide variations can occur. This example of C. bulis from Yunnan have a longe orange patch in HW space 7 .
    http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/Butterf..._070702139.jpg
    http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/Butterf...070501031B.jpg

    C. sperthis can also resembles C. bulis on the upperside but the whole of HW space 7 is mostly black.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc3/84070001.html


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    Last edited by Psyche; 01-Dec-2017 at 07:23 AM. Reason: clarification

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    Thanks Dr Seow!

    I was reading your post on C. bulis in Singapore and have been paying more attention to Curetis.. Still on the lookout for a black and white Curetis here!

    Thanks for all the links and id keys.. Curetis species are so similar, especially with their variations within each species.
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    Jonathan

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    It is probable all species recorded in the past in Singapore are still extant.
    The other two are..

    Curetis sperthis. Underside speckled with black dots ;FW band bent out slightly becoming almost parallel to termen instead of oblique.
    https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3901/1...0c71a479_b.jpg


    Curetis tagalica Underside without black dots, & postdiscal fascia parallel to termen. legs banded black.
    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/...MS5qcGc=/?ref=

    Similar to C. saronis but saronis' legs are banded orange, red to dark red-brown.
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YjzoWBJ7Y2...nbeamM-KSK.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...Sunny-Chir.jpg


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