Sikkim: New species of butterfly found in Dzongu

Sikkim: New species of butterfly found in Dzongu

Guwahati: At 30, Sonam Wangchuk Lepcha never thought he could detect a new species of butterfly for science. However, today it is corrected. Zographetus Dzonguensis, a species of butterfly new to science, was found in Dzongu in Sikkim, a stronghold of the Lepchas natives of Sikkim. It was found in Namprickdang area, Noom Panang village at the top of Dzongu, northern district, Sikkim. The team of researchers who discovered the species has proposed the English name “Chocolate-bordered Flitter”, as it has a chocolate-colored edge around the two wings. A study of the new species was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Zootaxa. CONTINUE CONTINUE READING The research team included Krushnamegh Kunte, Sonam Wangchuk Lepcha, Tarun Karmakar, and Dipendra Nath Basu. “We christened this species as Flitter with chocolate edges, based on the chocolate brown edges of its bright yellow wings,” said Krushnamegh Kunte, an associate professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences at EastMojo. . He said the Chinese spices are similar to the chocolate-bordered Flitter bordered in overall color and appearance, but have slightly different spot patterns. The chocolate brown spots on the hind wing of the Sikkim species are smaller, and the white spots on the forewing are also more clearly defined. Some of the internal structures of the males also differ between the three species. “I never thought I could come up with something like this in my life. It’s a huge success for our Sikkim state and we should all be proud,” Lepcha told EastMojo. Lepcha, in fact, has recorded more than 350 species of butterflies in the Dzongu area, which is also believed to be one of the best butterfly destinations in Sikkim. AD, CONTINUE READING Then the butterflies are called Thamblyok in Lepcha and Putali in Nepali. “I am very proud to be part of this world of Dzongu butterflies. butterflies, “Lepcha said. “They used to tease me by saying ‘Butterfly Man’, but today I feel proud of myself when they say Butterfly Man. I take it in a positive way and that gives me more power, ”he said. This is the second new species of butterfly for science in the Northeast after 2015. Krushnamegh Kunte, who is also the corresponding author of this article, found a band kit in Namdapha. “The interesting thing about this new species is that it is a low-altitude species,” Krushnamegh Kunte, an associate professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences, told EastMojo. CONTINUE CONTINUE READING Below The species appears to be very local and seasonal, located below 1,000 meters in the mixed evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of the North Sikkim district. As far as we know, it is active on sunny days from dawn to noon. It has largely been observed feeding on bird droppings in the beds of shady streams. The first sightings of this species were in August 2016. Recent sightings were from the last week of August to mid-September 2020 and 2021. Sonam saw a total of 18 individuals of the species in the village of Namprikdang, North Sikkim district, at an altitude of approx. 870m, in the months of August and September 2020 and 2021, of which five individuals were photographed. The genus Zographetus Watson, 1893 is distributed in the eastern region from the Himalayas and northeastern India through southern China, Indochina, and the Malay Peninsula to the Philippines, Sulawesi, and the Lesser Islands. Probe. Thirteen species are known so far. In India, two species are recorded: (a) Z. satwa, which extends from Kumaon east to the Himalayas and northeastern India, extends to Myanmar, Indochina. , Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Java, and (b) Z. ogygia, which is found in India in the western Ghats, the eastern Himalayas, and northeastern India, which extends into Myanmar, Indochina, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. The species is very similar to two recently described species: Z.pangi from Guangdong and Z.hainanensis from Hainan in China. The book aims to decode the riddle around the goddess Kamakhya AD CONTINUE READ Next



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