Monday, 4 July 2016

182. Thaduka multicaudata multicaudata (The Many-tailed Oakblue)

Number: 182
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Thecliinae
Species: Thaduka multicaudata multicaudata Moore, 1878
Common name(s): The Many-tailed Oakblue
Photography locations: Hàm Yên District (Tuyen Quang Prov.), Xuan Son N.P. (Phu Tho Prov.)

In the field, I thought at fist that it was an Arhopala sp.. But when I returned home, a little research on the Internet revealed that it was in fact Thaduka multicaudata. 
Thaduka is a monotypic genus.

 Thaduka multicaudata multicaudata (Tuyen Quang Prov., July 2015)
Found in a thin strip of streamside forest running through agricultual fields.

Un is dark brown marked like Arhopala species, but note the FW pointed sidewardly at apex, HW with three distinct tails and dentate margin

Another specimen, from Xuan Son N.P. (July 2016)

Sexes are alike. UP is silvery blue with broad black borders.

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