Curetis metayei  Inoué & Kawazoé,1964

Curetis metayei ♂ Up. Curetis metayei ♂ Un. Curetis metayei ♀ Up. Curetis metayei ♀ Un.
♂, 1960.04.03, Dinh Quan, Dong Nai, Vietnam.
Paratype (photo by K.Saito)
♀, 1961.01.29, Trang Bom, Bien Hoa, Vietnam.
Paratype (photo by K.Saito)
Curetis metayei ♂ Up. Curetis metayei ♂ Un. Curetis metayei ♀ Up. Curetis metayei ♀ Un.
♂, Lam Dong, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito) ♂, Lam Dong, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito)
Curetis metayei ♂ Up. Curetis metayei ♂ Un. Curetis metayei ♀ Up. Curetis metayei ♀ Un.
♂, Khammouan, Laos. (photo by H.Onodera) ♀, Bolikhamxai, Laos. (photo by K.Saito)
Curetis metayei ♀ Up. Curetis metayei ♀ Un. Curetis metayei ♀ Up. Curetis metayei ♀ Un.
♀, Khammouan, Laos. (photo by H.Onodera) ♀, Bolikhamxai, Vietnam. (photo by H.Onodera)
Curetis metayei ♂ Up. Curetis metayei ♂ Un. Curetis metayei ♂ genitalia Curetis metayei ♂ genitalia
♂, 1962.03.25, Dinh Quan, Dong Nai, Vietnam.
Paratype (photo by K.Saito)
♂ genitalia, Lam Dong, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito)

ON : Curetis tonkina metayei Inoué & Kawazoé,1964
OD : Nature Life Southeast Asia 4:343-345.
figs.51(HT,♂).52(HT,♂Un),53(PT,♀),54(PT,♀Un).
TL : Dinh Quan, Dong Nai, S.Vietnam. (♂)
Distribution : N.E.Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam.
Curetis sperthis metayei map

Type Materials Information

Holotype ♂, 1962.03.25. Dinh Quan, Dong Nai, S.Vietnam.
Paratypes ( 2♂ 1♀) :
1♂, 1960.04.03. Dinh Quan, Dong Nai. S.Inoue leg. (examined) ; 1♂, 1962.02[03].25. Dinh Quan, Dong Nai, S.Inoue leg. (examined) ;
1♀, 1961.01.29. Trang Bom, de Bien Hoa. S.Inoue leg. (examined)


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Curetis metayei ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 47, figs.♂,♂(Un),♂,♂(Un). (Phu Khiewo)

[ LAOS ]
Curetis santana ssp. ; Motono & Negishi,1989 : 77, pl.109, figs.A9,♂,A10,♂(Un). ("Luang Prabang; Pakse; Nam Moh; Vang Vieng")
Curetis santana malayica ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 219. pl.129, fig.♀. (Lak Sao) (in part)

[ CAMBODIA ]
Curetis sp. ; Morishita,1978 : 12,14, fig.24,♂,♂(Un). (Cambodia)
Curetis sperthis metayei ; Eliot,1990 : 223, 208, fig.14(♂,genitalia). (Cambodia)

[ VIETNAM ]
Curetis sp. ; Morishita,19780 : 12,14, fig.24,♂,♂(Un). (S)
Curetis sperthis metayei ; Eliot,1990 : 224, 208, fig.14(♂,genitalia). (Vietnam)
Curetis santana malayica ; Miyazaki, Saito & Saito,2007c : 40, fig.L-159,♀. (Lam Dong: Dambri)
Curetis metayei ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 48. (S)


Specimens Examined

[ LAOS ]
Bolikhamxai : 2♂ 2♀ (incl.photo by H.Onodera).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Khammouan : 3♂ 3♀ (photo by H.Onodera).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


[ VIETNAM ]
Khanh Hoa : 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Lam Dong : 1♂ 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Dong Nai : 2♂ 2♀ (incl.Paratypes).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
The butterfly is locally not rare in montane forest at low to moderate elevations.
The species was described as subspecies of tonkina. Eliot,1990 regarded metayei as subspecies of sperthis. Afterwards, Kimura et al.,2014 treated it as an independent species due to the differences of markings and male genitalia.
It is quite similar to sympatric bulis, but small in size, termen of male forewing is straight and the post discal striae in space 4 and 5 on the underside of both wing remarkably step out toward termen. But some examples of bulis have almost same markings, therefore needs to examine the genitalia.
Female specimen in Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 shown as Curetis santana malayica is considered to be this taxon. Further taxonomic study and distribution research are needed.

Literature

Inoué, S. & Kawazoé, A.,1964 : Riodinidae, Curetidae and Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera : Rhopalocera) from South Viet-Nam.
Nature and Life in Southeast Asia 4 : 317-394, 19 pls.

Morishita, K.,1978 : Curetis acuta and its allies. (in Japanese)
Yadoriga 93/94:3-17.

Eliot, J.N.,1990 : Notes on the Genus Curetis Hubner (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae)
Tyo to Ga 41(4):201-225.

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