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    Default Arhopala agrata agrata.

    Arhopala agrata.
    HW with spot 6 astride spot 5 & cellend bar.Spot 7 atop spot 6.
    HW postdiscal band completely dislocated at vein 2.
    FW postdiscal spot 4 in line with spot 5 & 6.
    These are features of the cleander group.

    Arhopala agrata is placed in a subgroup of its own but is not stated specifically as under the cleander group.
    Addendum: It is placed in the agrata group, subgroup agrata.
    ID features.
    FW with spot 9 (topmost spot of the postdiscal band .(upper being spots 4, 5, 6, & 9.) absent or faded out.
    HW spot 6 large, wide & trapezoid in shape.
    Markings faded more so on the FW.
    https://thaibutterflies.com/Butterfl...hopala-agrata/

    This individual was shot by Federick & Sunny probably some 15 years ago.
    This image is probably by Sunny.
    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0EK80AsaR...3-Arhopala.jpg


    This BOS twin specimens are Arhopala phanda IDed by the thick postdiscal band & HW spots 6 & 7 joined in a thick column.
    https://singapore.biodiversity.onlin...doptera-000492

    This webpage depict another Arhopala phanda.
    https://m.singapore.biodiversity.onl...doptera-000442


    Arhopala agrata is possibly still extant but overlook.
    There is no existing shot of Arhopala phanda so far.



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    Last edited by Psyche; 09-Jul-2023 at 03:42 AM.

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    I shot this Arhopala sometimes ago, and always wonder about the missing FW spot 9.
    Is there a possibility that it is Arhopala agrata?

    Horace

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    It is a female Arhopala sublustris.
    There are some subtle differences.
    1. Markings weak & faint especially on FW in agrata.
    2. HW spot 6 is large with straight sides in agrata.
    3. Marginal spot 3 is weak & flat in agrata.
    4. HW submarginal spots have level inner margins in agrata; rounded/convex margins in sublustris.


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    Many thanks, Dr Seow for the detailed description of the differentiating features between the two species.
    Now I know what to look for when I encounter similar-looking Arhopala in the field.
    Horace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psyche View Post
    Arhopala agrata.
    HW with spot 6 astride spot 5 & cellend bar.Spot 7 atop spot 6.
    HW postdiscal band completely dislocated at vein 2.
    FW postdiscal spot 4 in line with spot 5 & 6.
    These are features of the cleander group.

    Arhopala agrata is placed in a subgroup of its own but is not stated specifically as under the cleander group.
    Addendum: It is placed in the agrata group, subgroup agrata.
    ID features.
    FW with spot 9 (topmost spot of the postdiscal band .(upper being spots 4, 5, 6, & 9.) absent or faded out.
    HW spot 6 large, wide & trapezoid in shape.
    Markings faded more so on the FW.
    https://thaibutterflies.com/Butterfl...hopala-agrata/

    This individual was shot by Federick & Sunny probably some 15 years ago.
    This image is probably by Sunny.
    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0EK80AsaR...3-Arhopala.jpg


    This BOS twin specimens are Arhopala phanda IDed by the thick postdiscal band & HW spots 6 & 7 joined in a thick column.
    https://singapore.biodiversity.onlin...doptera-000492

    This webpage depict another Arhopala phanda.
    https://m.singapore.biodiversity.onl...doptera-000442


    Arhopala agrata is possibly still extant but overlook.
    There is no existing shot of Arhopala phanda so far.


    TL Seow: Cheers.
    That was my shot - the shot was featured here:
    https://peacockroyal.blogspot.com/20...nside-cca.html

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    Noted and thanks, Federick.

    Hopefully it is still extant.

    TL Seow

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