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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 months ago

Thanks WilliiamsFamily for the ID suggestion and the ref. Yes, patterns on the wings match the closest among many Barsine.
I also appreciate Malcolm's concerns and reasoning. Meanwhile we'll wait before we go for the edit then. Thanks guys.

There are several Barsine species in Sikkim, I have not checked them all but of those I have Barsine cuneonotatus is the closest, there may be others.

Hi Williams family, thank you for your input on this Moth. I would be wary of your suggestion for this specific species due to the location it was seen in (Sikkim, India) being thousands of miles away from Borneo, Malaysia to which B. flavodiscalis is restricted to. Barsine is a huge family of very similar moths but specific species are mostly segregated into specific locations as per the following table: http://ftp.funet.fi/index/Tree_of_life/i...
There are many instances nowadays when specific species can only be positively identified by using DNA analysis which is not readily available to the masses. I would suggest looking closely at the distribution maps on the above site to determine the most likely species based on range.
Hopefully we can all learn a little from this.

WilliamsFamily
WilliamsFamily 11 months ago

You have several beautiful barsine moth spottings, this being one of them. Thanks to you I know identifying shape for Barsine spp. moths, thank you.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Lat: 27.34, Long: 88.61

Spotted on Sep 15, 2018
Submitted on Nov 2, 2018

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