Arhopala moorei busa  Corbet, 1941

Arhopala moorei busa ♂ Up. Arhopala moorei busa ♂ Un. Arhopala moorei busa ♀ Up. Arhopala moorei busa ♀ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Yala, Thailand.
Arhopala moorei busa ♂ Up. Arhopala moorei busa ♂ Un. Arhopala moorei busa ♀ Up. Arhopala moorei busa ♀ Un.
♂, Ranong, Thailand. ♀, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

Arhopala sp. (variation of moorei?, tropaea?)
Arhopala sp. ♂ Up. Arhopala sp. ♂ Un. Arhopala sp. ♂ Up. Arhopala sp. ♂ Un.
♂, Ranong, Thailand. ♂, Pattani, Thailand.

ON : Arhopala moorei busa Corbet, 1941
OD : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):155.
TL : Malaya. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : P.Thailand (Ranong and Southward),
Langkawi, W.Malaysia, {Singapore}.
Arhopala moorei busa map

Synonym

Arhopala wallacei santava Corbet, 1941 : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):155. TL. Singapore. (♂, NHML)


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Arhopala moorei busa ; Pinratana,1981 : 83, pl.13, fig.13,♂(Un). (Ranong; Trang)
"Arhopala moorei busa ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 648, pl.294, figs.L247,♂(Malaysia),♀(Malaysia),♀(Un,Malaysia)."
Arhopala moorei busa ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 62, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Kam Puan; Khlong Naka; Ka Chong; Thaleban; Than To WF.)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Ranong : 2♂ 10♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Nakhon Si Thammarat : 3♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Trang : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Pattani : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Satun : 2♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 3♂ 2♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

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Arhopala sp. (variation of moorei?, tropaea?)

Ranong: 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Pattani : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is not rare in montane forest at low elevations (Alt.30m - 350m).
The specimens shown above as Arhopala sp. are very small with forewing length of 12-14 mm, and are occasionally found in peninsular Thailand. The upperside is monochromatic and strongly shining bright purple. It could be Arhopala tropaea, but the characteristics do not match those of either muta, moorei or tropaea. The relationship of moorei, muta and tropaea is still unclear. Further taxonomic studies especially with molecular analysis are needed.


Literature

Corbet, A.S.,1941 : A key to the Indo-Malayan species of Arhopala Boisduval (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):149-183, figs.1-114.

Evans, W.H.,1957 : A Revision of the Arhopala Group of Oriental Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera).
Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.) 5(3):85-141.


1999.07.18 - 2022.08.31.

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