Wednesday, 12 August 2015

90. Prosotas dubiosa indica (The Tailless Lineblue)

Number: 90
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Polyommatiinae
Species: Prosotas dubiosa indica (Evans, 1925)
Common name(s): The Tailless Lineblue
Photography location: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.)

The genus Prosotas contains about 20 species, distributed variously from India to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. Most species have restricted distributions, but two of them, P. nora (C. Felder, 1860) and P. dubiosa (Semper, 1879), are particularly abundant and widespread across nearly the entire distributional range of the genus.

On the upperside the males of all species are deep iridescent purple-blue in colour. The females of most species are dark brown with a few pale blue scales at the base of the wings. Most species possess a single short tail on the hindwing, the exception being dubiosa which is tailless. 

According to Monastyrskii  & Devyatkin (2016), 7 Prosotas species have been found in Vietnam: aluta, bhutea, gracilis, lutea, pia, nora dubiosa - the 2 latter being the most widespread and also the only ones recorded in the north of the country.

Males are commonly found imbibing mineralised moisture from damp soil or leaf-litter on the forest floor. 

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