Sunday, 26 July 2015

36. Symbrenthia hypselis cotanda (The Himalayan Jester)

Number: 36
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Nymphaliinae
Species: Symbrenthia hypselis cotanda Moore, 1874
Common name(s): The Himalayan Jester
Photography location: Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.), Cuu Thac-Tu Son (Hoa Binh Prov.), Xuan Son N.P. (Phu Tho Prov.)

There are about 14 species in the genus Symbrenthia, of which 4 are found in Vietnam - lilaea, hypselis, niphanda, leoparda. The former two are recorded in the north and center of the country, the latter two only from the north.

S. lilaea and S. hypselis are the commonest members of the genus in Vietnam - but the latter have narrower habitat requirements and is much less often encountered.

Symbrenthia hypselis cotanda with 2 Heliophorus sp. (Cuu Thac-Tu Son)
Upperwings of S. hypselis very similar to that of S. lilaea but the 2 species are easily separated by the underwings color pattern

Symbrenthia hypselis cotanda underside - from Tam Dao
This species is usually found singly, unlike Symbrenthia lilaea 

Symbrenthia hypselis cotanda - from Xuan Son NP, August 2016

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