Sunday, 1 May 2016

164. Aemona tonkinensis (The Yellow Dryad s.l.)

Number: 164
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Amathusiinae
Species: Aemona tonkinensis Rothschild, 1916
Common name(s): The Yellow Dryad (sensu lato, no particular name - why not Tonkinese Dryad?)
Photography location: Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

Previously the taxon tonkinensis was mentionned as a ssp. of A. amathusia (The Yellow Dryad). It was recently  raised to specific rank after clarification of the taxonomical status of A. amathusia (Devyatkin & Monastyrskii, 2008).
Aemona tonkinensis is a restricted range species known from N. & C. Vietnam, S. China (Yunnan, Guangxi).

The genus Aemona is represented in Vietnam by 7 species viz. A. lena, A. tonkinensis, A. kontumei, A. falcata, A. simulatrix, A. berdyevi, A. implicata, the five last ones described from Vietnam between 2003 and 2007.

Aemona tonkinensis is a montane species, here photographed at Tam Dao (900m a.s.l.), on April 30, 2016
Aemona species are plain butterflies of a pale fulvous colour inconspicuously ocellated on the Un

Male specimen from Tam Dao, upperside

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