Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Poritia hewitsoni (Common Gem - male) - Sikkim Butterfly





Scientific classification

Kingdom:             Animalia
Phylum:               Arthropoda
Class:                    Insecta
Order:                  Lepidoptera
Family:                 Lycaenidae
Genus:                  Poritia
Species:                 P. hewitsoni
Binomial name:    Poritia hewitsoni (Moore, 1865)

Other Names:  Common Gem


Special feature:  The members (species) of this genus are found in the Indomalaya ecozone extending from Afghanistan through the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to lowland southern China, and through Indonesia as far as Java, Bali, and Borneo, east of which lies the Wallace line, the ecozone boundary named after Alfred Russel Wallace which separates Indomalaya from Australasia. Indomalaya also includes the Philippines, lowland Taiwan, and Japan's Ryukyu Islands. (Wikipedia)

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