Collix ghosha (in Carpet Moths)

Details

Observed
3 Aug 2016 20:29:21
Quality Grade
Needs ID
Location
Tatai Commune, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia
Latitude
11.579902
Longitude
103.126986
Accuracy
100m
Attributes
Life Stage
Adult
Added to iNaturalist
28 Jun 2019 21:01:49
Last updated
29 Jun 2019 16:47:43

Identifications and Comments

Identification by geechartier at 28 Jun 2019 21:01:50
Taxon: Collix [genus]
Identification by juhakinnunen at 28 Jun 2019 22:27:35
Taxon: Collix ghosha [species]
Comment by geechartier at 29 Jun 2019 10:31:29
@juhakinnunen - I am not sure how this can be identified to species level from a photograph. Moths of Borneo says dissection of male and female genitalia is recommended. Also, the original description of the species, which seems to have been based on a female, says it is ferruginous-brown, where mine is grey. Of course, the male might be grey. There is a grey specimen shown in Bold Systems but I have lost some confidence in their specimens. The gallery on the GBIF site suggests that this species is very variable: https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/gallery?taxon_key=1954911 But, if you check the same source at genus level, there are similar images to mine that have been identified only to genus level, for example: https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/1841118018
Comment by juhakinnunen at 29 Jun 2019 11:38:27
@tlsv2 @pierotoni10 @hkmoths
Comment by pierotoni10 at 29 Jun 2019 16:44:57
In this case and in many other analogues I think we could talk about it for a long time but in front of a photo we would never have a certainty. Seasonality, environment, have a lot of influence on colors, which in the photos are influenced by many factors that cannot always be managed. The problem is even more complicated with daytime butterflies. Only those who have specific expertise in the laboratory can deepen the analysis.

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